It’s been almost 10 days now since news broke that Russell Westbrook would be out until after the All-Star break after undergoing another surgery on his right knee.
Before Sunday’s game vs. the Celtics, Westbrook spoke to the media and answered some questions.
You can read the full transcript over at Daily Thunder. Here are a few things that stood out.
Westbrook is already off crutches. He seems to be recovering very quickly much like when he had the last surgery. He said he never was playing through any pain.
Westbrook said he doesn’t pay attention to the time table that the team said he has until returning. He said he’s just trying to get better as quickly as possible.
My main concern is that Westbrook did come back too soon last time and that if he continues to hurry back, the swelling and possibly even further injury will become recurring for him. Maybe Westbrook will feel like he can return to the court in a couple of weeks, but really he may need to take off more time to avoid any potential future injuries. I don’t know for sure but at least that’s kind of the feeling I’m getting reading between the lines here.
My prediction is that Westbrook will return before the All-Star break and just like last time, he will look good. Maybe the Thunder make sure to keep him sidelined longer than last time, but I bet he will be showing so many signs that he is fully recovered that he comes back sooner rather than later.
I don’t think it will be a bad thing if he comes back quickly because like Russ said, he was never playing through pain. Hopefully, the swelling this time was just kind of an unlucky thing and it doesn’t happen again.
If you’re really pessimistic, you can think that this injury has Westbrook’s right knee in a shape in which given how he plays, it will always cause swelling because it is not the same knee it used to be. Let’s hope that’s not the case.