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.
Roughly five months later in October, Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery to alleviate swelling in his bummed knee and isn’t expected to return until mid-December.
“There were bits and pieces where Russell participated in practice, so that was good,” said Brooks, 48, the 2010 NBA Coach of the Year. “It was good to get everybody out there, working together.”
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.
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 a standout sportsman has visited an operating room twice in such a short span of time.
Westbrook’s style is predicated off of 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 June’s finals.
On the contrary, if Westbrook remains gimpy or even decelerated, the Thunder are nothing more than middling contenders.
Russell Westbrook’s right knee will ultimately determine if Thunder fans in “The 405” have a glorious, or unfulfilling, springtime.by