Russell Westbrook‘s knee injury effectively ended the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s season this past spring. Once the All-Star guard went down with a torn meniscus, the Thunder simply didn’t have enough talent on their roster to compete for another Western Conference championship. It’s certainly debatable if they would have gotten back to the Finals even with Westbrook, but that’s another argument for another day. Unfortunately, Tuesday’s news is not of the good variety for Thunder fans. Westbrook has underwent another surgery on his right knee.
This latest procedure was of the arthroscopic variety and it was needed because Westbrook was continuing to experience swelling in his right knee. He’s expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks, but if OKC is thinking long-term, they won’t let him back until he’s truly 100 percent.
The fact that he had another surgery on the same knee in less than six months, is not a good sign. Both of the procedures in themselves were very minor, but when you add them together, they point to potentially larger issues for the point guard moving forward.
OKC believes this latest surgery will fix Westbrook’s lingering issues for good. I’m not sold that will be the case, but at the same time, it does seem like they’re being cautious and playing it safe. If this issue came up in the playoffs or at another critical time for the Thunder, it sounds like he could play through it. But given the fact that the season hasn’t even started, they made the smart call to get this thing fixed before it hurts them down the road again.