Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said on a teleconference Tuesday Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will miss a month to a month and a half of the regular season after undergoing surgery on his injured right knee.
The surgery was the second for Westbrook after he first injured his knee in the NBA Playoffs last season against Houston.
This second surgery was necessary due to a loose stitch which needed to be repaired.
The initial surgery was to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, and Presti said the meniscus is healing very well.
Because of the second surgery, it’s delaying the return of Westbrook, but Presti believes they have a much better idea of how much Westbrook’s knee has progressed since the initial surgery.
Presti said Westbrook took the news well, and his rehabilitation had been going very well to this point.
Presti doesn’t expect to make any significant roster changes as a result of Westbrook’s increased recovery time.
Presti said Westbrook will not accompany the Thunder travel party overseas, where they will play their first preseason game on Saturday in Turkey; Presti said, however, it was never planned for Westbrook to go overseas in the first place.