The Oklahoma City Thunder have announced that Russell Westbrook underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.
Well, if you’re wondering why the Thunder said on media day that he (Russell Westbrook), and the team, was still unsure about when he would return from his torn meniscus that he suffered in April, we now know the answer.
The procedure confirmed Westbrook's meniscus has healed properly, but his expected return will be pushed back by a few weeks. Story coming.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) October 1, 2013
Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti officially announced it on Tuesday.
“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation. He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice, but has experienced recent swelling that had not subsided,” said Presti. “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.”
Westbrook missed his first games of his career when he was injured in the playoffs and it appears he’s set to miss some more — at least the first four weeks of the season.
Westbrook had appeared in an NBA-best 394 consecutive regular-season games and each of Oklahoma City’s 45 playoff games, prior to his injury in April.