This was about the worst news Thunder fans could have heard today.
Russell Westbrook is expected to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to reduce swelling in his knee.
Here is what Sam Presti said in a statement:
Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation. He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice, but has experienced recent swelling that had not subsided. After careful consideration and recommendations from the medical team, we elected to do the procedure today based on our consulting physician’s belief that the swelling would be alleviated, and in turn give Russell the best chance for sustained performance throughout the season and beyond. During the procedure it was determined that the source of swelling was due to a loose stitch, and fortunately we were also able to confirm that the meniscus has healed properly.
This is really tough news, especially since it seemed like Westbrook’s rehabilitation process was going fine.
Missing the first month or month and a half of the season isn’t the end of the world, but it really could cost the Thunder a lot in the long run.
The Thunder definitely had a legitimate shot to finish with one of the best records in the league with a healthy Westbrook. Without, well, we all saw what the Thunder look like without him.
The young guys will definitely all get their chances now. There will really be no way possible for Scott Brooks to not play Jeremy Lamb. Reggie Jackson will need to do his best to replicate what he did in the playoffs as well.