Russell Westbrook Undergoes Knee Surgery, Could Miss Start Of Season

Paul George

Paul George

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today. He is to be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Per ESPN.com's Royce Young, OKC could be without their star point guard Russell Westbrook for the preseason. He could miss first few games of the season, which for Oklahoma City begins October 16 in Golden State (when the Warriors raise their new banner). He elected to have a standard scope as a pre-emptive "maintenance" procedure rather than potentially dealing with issues throughout the season.

The Thunder ended the regular season 48-34.

While the timing is not ideal with Thunder training camp opening on September 25, the situation is not viewed by the team as anything to be alarmed about, with no lingering issues anticipated to follow the procedure.

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Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the second consecutive campaign - an unprecedented National Basketball Association feat - with 25.4 points, an NBA-best 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds last season.

It's the fourth surgical procedure he's had on his right knee, although it's his first in nearly five years.

Westbrook, the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, averaged career highs of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists last season. In the 2013 postseason, he suffered a meniscus tear that led him to get three surgeries in his right knee over an eight month span and contributed to him only playing 46 games in the 2013-14 season.

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