Tahlequah Daily Press

October 1, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: OKC'S Russell Westbrook out 4 to 6 weeks


Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will miss the first 4-6 weeks of the NBA season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday.

General Manager Sam Presti said the three-time All-Star had knee swelling that would not subside, and the procedure was intended to solve the problem. He said doctors determined that a loose stitch was to blame for the swelling, that Westbrook’s lateral meniscus has healed properly and the procedure was successful.

“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation,” Presti said.

Westbrook also had surgery in May to repair cartilage in his right knee after he was hurt in Game 2 of Oklahoma City’s first-round playoff series with Houston. He had had never missed a game in his five NBA seasons before the injury.

Westbrook averaged 23.2 points and 7.4 assists per game last season, but he wound up watching the Thunder’s second-round playoff exit to Memphis from the bench.

Westbrook was hurt on April 24 when Rockets rookie Patrick Beverley lunged for a steal as Westbrook stopped to call a timeout in the second quarter of Game 2. He remained in the game and it wasn’t until two days later that the team announced he’d miss the rest of the playoffs.