UPDATE: Westbrook out for start of season after knee surgery
OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City Thunder star is now recovering from successful knee surgery after he sustained a major injury during the NBA playoffs earlier this year.
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced that Russell Westbrook underwent successful anthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday.
Sam Presti, the Thunder’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, said, “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.”
Presti added, “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 is expected to miss the first four to six weeks of the 2013-2014 regular season.