Thunder Star Russell Westbrook Undergoes Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
The Oklahoma City Thunder will begin their training camp without the services of their franchise superstar as the team announced today that Russell Westbrook has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
The former League MVP will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
According to the team, Westbrook was experiencing inflammation and stiffness in his knee this past weekend. The hope around the Thunder is that Brodie makes a full recovery by the start of the regular season.
The Thunder released a statement earlier in the day on Westbrook’s surgery and status:
“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.
The Thunder, Westbrook and his representation determined that after he experienced inflammation in his knee this past weekend that 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 seven-time All-Star averaged a triple-double for a second straight season during the 2017-18 campaign, with 25.4 points, a league-leading 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds, making him the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple seasons.
Westbrook will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks, at which time a further update will be provided.”
This is not the first time that Westbrook has been plagued with right knee injuries. He underwent surgery on a torn meniscus back in 2013 and would have two more surgeries on the same knee later in the year.
New acquisition Dennis Schroder is expected to get more first-team reps at point during camp in light of the news.