Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook returned to practice on Monday for the first time since his second knee surgery of the offseason.
Earlier this month Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, after doctors had successfully fixed his meniscus problem which was suffered during the NBA Playoffs back in April. Westbrook wasn’t a full participant in practice on Monday, but did get to do some work with his teammates on the court.
“There were bits and pieces where Russell participated in practice, so that was good,” coach Scott Brooks said. “It was good to get everybody out there, working together.”
In recent weeks, Westbrook has been seen on the court during the portion of practice open to the media, going through light workouts with the Thunder training staff.
Westbrook still isn’t scheduled to return until, maybe, Thanksgiving, and that’s being optimistic. He was projected to miss somewhere between 4 and 6 weeks after the start of the season, but since he’s already on the practice court that could change. I really don’t know.
The Thunder have gone on record saying that they do want a speedy recovery for Westbrook but they also want a full recovery from their soon-to-be 25-year-old point guard.
I’d guess we’ll see Westbrook early December.