The Oklahoma City Thunder announced yesterday that point guard Russell Westbrook will miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to alleviate swelling in his right knee.
The operation showed that Westbrook’s injured meniscus had healed properly. While that’s good news, the procedure was required to clear up the swelling the point guard has experienced, and it will push back his start of the 2013-14 season.
General manager Sam Presti told reporters – including Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman – that doctors told the Thunder that the procedure would be best for Westbrook moving forward, even if it costs him time at the start of the upcoming campaign.
“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice but has experience 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 able to confirm that the meniscus has healed properly.”
In Westbrook’s absence, the Thunder are expected to use Reggie Jackson as their starter at point guard.