With Russell Westbrook ‘back,’ expect the Oklahoma City Thunder to return to the NBA Finals next June


Despite looking like a clown’s pocket, Russell Westbrook is one of the best players in the NBA.

Saying “I’m back,” Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has shed his crutches and will return to the hardwood before the start of training camp.

Suffering a slight tear in his right meniscus, the 24-year-old Westbrook underwent the knife on April 27 to repair the damaged knee.

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, Westbrook is an elite athlete and spectacular playmaker.

Winning the Northwest Division title for three consecutive seasons, the Thunder is a team poised to soon capture the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

Teaming with megastar Kevin Durant, rugged center Serge Ibaka and solid ballplayer Kevin Martin, a healthy Westbrook is vital to Oklahoma City’s success.

Backed by the rowdiest home crowd in the association, a complete Thunder squad can dominate like the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.

With a recovered Russell Westbrook, expect the Oklahoma City Thunder to be “back” in the finals next spring.

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