OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — Oklahoma City Thunder fan will have to wait a bit longer to see Russell Westbrook in action after it was revealed that guard had another surgery that will keep him out for a month and a half.
The Thunder, through Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti, announced on Tuesday that Westbrook underwent a successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee earlier in the day that will see him missing the first 4-6 weeks of the new season.
“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation,” Presti said on Tuesday. “He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice, but has experienced recent swelling that had not subsided.
“After careful consideration and recommendations from the medical team, we elected to do the procedure today based on our consulting physician’s belief that the swelling would be alleviated, and in turn give Russell the best chance for sustained performance throughout the season and beyond.
“During the procedure it was determined that the source of swelling was due to a loose stitch, and fortunately we were also able to confirm that the meniscus has healed properly.”