Suffering a slight tear in his right meniscus, the 24-year-old Westbrook first underwent the knife on April 27 to repair the damaged joint.
After losing the dynamic three-time All-NBA Second Team selection, the powerful Thunder (60-22) fell to the Memphis Grizzlies in five games in the conference semifinals.
Averaging 19.9 points, 6.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds since being taken fourth overall out of UCLA in 2008, Westbrook is a spectacular athlete, defender and playmaker.
Oklahoma City has won the Northwest Division title on three consecutive occasions and seemed poised to soon capture the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.
However, it is extremely concerning that such a standout sportsman has now visited an operating room twice within a span of five months.
Westbrook’s style is predicated off explosiveness and slashing movements to the basket and this injury could slow the former Bruin.
If Westbrook can entirely heal, Oklahoma City should again represent the Western Conference in the finals next June.
On the contrary, if Westbrook remains gimpy, the Thunder are simply middling contenders.
Russell Westbrook’s right knee will ultimately determine if Thunder fans in “The 405” have a glorious, or unfulfilling, springtime.by