Russell Westbrook to miss the beginning of the season
Just months after Russell Westbrook had surgery to repair his torn meniscus he has a second surgery on his knee. The second surgery was needed because of swelling in the previously operated knee.
Oklahoma City’s GM Sam Presti said that Westbrook’s meniscus has healed and that this second operation gave him the best chance to come back at 100%. Westbrook is expected to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the NBA season.
Westbrook injured his knee last year after a collision with the Houston Rockets’ Patrick Beverly in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Thunder would go on to advance in that series but were bounced out in the following series by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Just like in the playoffs the Thunder will miss Westbrook’s 23.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. Point guard duties will fall upon Derek Fisher and Reggie Jackson who are more than capable of handling the extra load. What will be interesting to see is who will rise to be the second scoring option because as great as Kevin Durant is he can’t do it all by himself.
– John McAuliffe (@John_Mac310)