Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City has knee surgery again
Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook is expected to miss the first four to six weeks of the league season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook is expected to miss the first four to six weeks of the league season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday.
Thunder 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 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. “His performance levels have been tremendous, and he’s looked great in the part of practice that he’s been cleared to go through. So, we were very, very encouraged in that respect.
“But when the swelling wasn’t subsiding, we made the decision to have the knee evaluated.”
Westbrook 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 not missed a game in his five 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.
Last week, Westbrook said once he is fully recovered, he doesn’t plan on changing anything about his playing style, including his ability to drive to the basket.
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After several seasons of instability under the Maloof brothers’ ownership, the Kings were revitalized by their sale to a group headed by Vivek Ranadive. The software mogul’s purchase culminated a triumphant fight to keep the team after Sacramento fended off a final purchase attempt from a Seattle-based group.
• NBA legend Michael Jordan believes he could beat LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime.
He’s not sure about Kobe Bryant. In a video promoting the NBA 2K14 video game that was released Tuesday, Jordan said there’s a long list of players he would’ve liked to have played one-on-one, including James, who dons the cover of this year’s game.
“I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan said in the video, before smiling and adding, “Other than to K obe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.”