The 6-foot-3, 194-pound Westbrook underwent his third knee surgery since April on Dec. 27 and is expected to be shelved until after the All-Star break.
Westbrook was averaging 21.3 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds over 25 games.
“I don’t pay no attention to those projections,” said Westbrook, 25, a three-time All-Star. “I just wake up and try to get better each and every day. That’s it.”
A Steve Urkel wannabe, Westbrook’s style is predicated off of explosiveness and slashing movements to the basket.
A spectacular athlete, defender and playmaker, a healthy version of Westbrook will help Oklahoma City capture their fourth consecutive Northwest Division title in 2014.
Once in the playoffs, backed by the rowdiest home crowd in the association, Oklahoma City should again represent the Western Conference in June’s finals.
Alongside Kevin Durant, rugged center Serge Ibaka, and an overall solid supporting cast, a sturdy Westbrook can lead the Thunder to the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.
With Russell Westbrook’s bummed joint “better each and every day,” don’t be shocked if the Thunder overtake the Miami Heat and give fans in “The 405” a glorious springtime.by