April 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) rests between plays during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The City Thunder defeated the Warriors 116-97. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Surgeon Robert Klapper Talks About Westbrook Injury

Apr 24, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) handles the ball against Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly (12) in the second half during game two of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier in the week, Thunder GM Sam Presti expressed that Russell Westbrook was doing extremly well in recovery and rehab.

Yesterday, we learned that Westbrook will miss 4-6 weeks of the season due to a second surgery that took place yesterday.

Today, orthopedic surgeon Robert Klapper went on ESPN LA to talk about Westbrook’s injury and how it will impact him as a player when he gets back to the court( Via: Anthony Slater of NewsOK.com)

“So this is what’s going on. I want you to think of the meniscus as a slice of apple pie,” Klapper said. “If you tear the meniscus where the tip of the slice is, we clean it up and you’re playing within a few weeks. But, in the case of Russell Westbrook, he tore his meniscus where the crust of the slice of pie is. That’s in an area where we try to repair it when it tears there because there’s good circulation. We call it the red-red zone. Those are the cases, where when you operate, you got to keep the person on crutches, protect their weight-bearing and they’re not coming back right away. So that tells us that the first time they put stitches in, it obviously didn’t work and they’re trying to do it yet again.”

“Well, just like real estate, what do they say?” he continued. “Location, location, location. When we are talking about the lateral meniscus, the meniscus on the outside of your knee, versus the medial meniscus, the difference between the two is the lateral meniscus gets all the rotational pivoting when you make maneuvers. And that is Russell Westbrook’s game. It’s not just a pounding structure, it’s actually a rotatory stabilizer. So his game is absolutely going to be impacted because it’s the lateral meniscus and not the medial meniscus.”

What Klapper had to say is extremly hauniting and frightening to Thunder fans. Questioning and pondering if in fact Westbrook will be the same are arising.

Tags: Eli Friedman ESPN LA Oklahoma City Thunder Robert Klapper Russell Westbrook Sam Presti

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