Thunder's Russell Westbrook not cleared for basketball activity

When Oklahoma Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook returns from the knee injury that cut short his 2012-13 season, he feels that he'll be coming back better than ever. While that could ultimately prove to be the case, it remains to be determined when Westbrook will make his return, as the point guard has yet to be cleared for basketball-related activities, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti told reporters that he expects Westbrook to take part in parts of training camp, but he won't be full go until he's cleared for "unrestricted activity."

“We expect him to take part in parts of camp and work his way through different parts until he's ultimately cleared for unrestricted activity,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. “But it's all going to be contingent upon how his body reacts to the additional load that he'll be carrying.”
For his part, Westbrook says he's comfortable taking things one day at a time as he continues to recover from his significant knee injury.
“I tried taking it one day at a time and not (worry about) the timetable,” Westbrook said. “Just take it one day at a time and try to find a way to strengthen myself and make sure I'm ready to go when it's time.”
While Westbrook is saying the right things, it's evident that he's itching to return to the court. For the Thunder, it's more important for them to ensure he's back for good and ready to go for the duration of the regular season and playoffs rather than rush him back earlier than they should.

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