Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will be out until at least after the All-Star break after having an arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. This is the same knee that Westbrook injured in last year’s playoffs and this is his third surgery on it in just eight months. Below is a statement from Thunder GM Sam Presti (via Daily Thunder)
“Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling. After consultation and consideration by his surgeon in Los Angeles, a plan was established to monitor the swelling that included a series of scheduled MRIs,” said Sam Presti in a release. “On the most recent MRI it was determined by the surgeon that there was an area of concern that had not previously existed, nor was detectable in the previous procedures, and it was necessary to evaluate Russell further. The consulting physician determined that arthroscopic surgery was necessary to address the swelling that was taking place. We know that Russell’s work ethic and commitment will help him return to the level of play that we have all come to appreciate.”
Aren’t knees just the worst? As mentioned, this is the third surgery in eight months for a player who was previously unbreakable. It’s starting to look a lot like the Derrick Rose situation, who like Russell had barely ever missed a game until his knees gave up on him.
We wish Westbrook a speedy recovery.