Westbrook has right knee surgery

Aubrey Yates
September 13, 2018

While Westbrook is expected to return to top form this season, missing preseason won't help the Thunder in the process of acclimating Westbrook and Schroder together.

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic procedure on his knee, general manager Sam Presti announced.

According to reports, Westbrook will be re-evaluated in four weeks, meaning he'll likely miss the entire pre-season and possibly some games of the regular season. The team, Westbrook and his representation determined "the best course of action was the proactive procedure, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache with Thunder medical personnel present at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles", the Thunder said in a release. His issues with this knee date back to the 2013 playoffs when Patrick Beverley crashed into it and tore the meniscus.

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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The Thunder are saying it's just "maintenance", but this has to put a scare into Oklahoma City fans.

The 29-year old point guard averaged a triple-double for the second consecutive season last year, posting 25.4 points, 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds per game. In 10 National Basketball Association campaigns, all with the Thunder, he has averaged 23.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists a game.

Westbrook started his career by playing every game each of his first five seasons.

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