Oklahoma City, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be out until early November.
According to the team, the surgery was needed after Westbrook experienced swelling on the knee that underwent operation for a torn lateral meniscus.
Westbrook originally suffered the injury in Game 2 of the Thunder’s Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Houston Rockets in April. He underwent surgery that month, forcing him to miss the rest of the playoffs.
“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,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti.
“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,” he added.
Presti said it was discovered during the procedure that the source of swelling was a loose stitch and at the same time, it was confirmed that the meniscus has healed properly.
Westbrook, a three-time All-Star, averaged 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.77 steals per game last season.