Today was the first media day for the NBA and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The big news in the world of the Thunder was something that Russell Westbrook said when asked if he will be ready for the season opener.
When asked specifically whether he’ll be back for the regular season opener on Oct. 30, Westbrook said “I’m not sure.”
“I just wake up in the morning, get to my rehab and then go back to sleep and do it all over again,” Westbrook said. “I just take it one day at a time, man, and try not to look ahead. When something like this happens you have to take it slow. I mean, there’s no need for me to rush into looking ahead on the schedule or anything like that. Just take it one day at a time and try to find a way to get back.”
Westbrook partially tore his meniscus in his right knee in Game 2 of the Thunder’s first round series vs. the Houston Rockets last season.
It’s not a terribly serious injury and I think it is most likely Westbrook will be ready for Game 1 of next season.
It is a bit surprising that Westbrook says he is unsure, but maybe we are reading into the quote a little too much. It’s kind of just one of those answers to give if you don’t want to give an answer.
Even if Westbrook isn’t back for the first game, it won’t be the end of the world. The real question is if he will return to 100 percent next season, and be that way for the Thunder in the playoffs.
Also, who wants to watch the Thunder without Westbrook? We saw how ugly that can be in the playoffs.