Russell Westbrook undergoes knee surgery, status uncertain for start of season
Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday, according to a report from ESPN’s Royce Young.
Story on Russell Westbrook’s knee surgery that will keep him out of training camp: https://t.co/Qrz6ILAkYl
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) September 12, 2018
At this stage it remains unclear whether or not Westbrook will be ready to play in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season-opener against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 16. It’s conceivable that Westbrook could miss the Thunder’s first few regular season games. Either way, it appears likely that Westbrook will not be able to participate in the Thunder’s training camp, which gets underway on Sept. 25.
Westbrook is said to have been experiencing some stiffness in his right knee during individual workouts over the past week. According to Young’s reporting, Westbrook decided to undergo a “standard scope as a preemptive ‘maintenance’ procedure” to clear things up now as opposed to dealing with any nagging injury as the season gets underway and beyond.
Typically an extremely durable player, Westbrook played in 80 games for the Thunder in 2017-18, averaging 25.4 points, 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds per game, the second consecutive season in which he has averaged a triple-double.