Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is expected to be out at least a few more weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in early October.
The most similar player to Westbrook, at least statistically, is probably another point guard who is attempting to return from a major injury, Chicago Bulls‘ point guard Derrick.
Rose tore his ACL in the 2012 postseason and hasn’t played since.
Rose offered Westbrook some advice on the situation.
“Take his time,” Rose told ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell after Wednesday night’s win over the Thunder when asked what advice he might give Westbrook. “He’s the only one that knows his body. There’s no need to force anything. And attack every day of rehab like it’s your last day. Get everything you [can] get out of it every day.
Rose expects to be a better player after surgery and thinks Westbrook can do the same.
“For sure,” Rose said. “He has that type of will. His frame, his body, I think [the rehab] is just going to help him become a better player.”
The Bulls will open their season against the Heat in Miami Tuesday night while the Thunder will get things started in Utah against the Jazz Wednesday night.