Amongst the NBA free agency insanity, surprisingly there is other news to talk about around the Association. Let’s turn our attention to the Oklahoma City Thunder. After coming up short again from their ultimate goal of a championship, it has been a quiet offseason. Actually, sometimes it is better that way, especially after your star point guard missed 36 games last season due to injuries in the same knee.
If that is not troubling enough, Russell Westbrook also had two arthroscopic surgeries done to the same knee. At the ripe age of 25 and only beginning to enter the prime of his career, there should be significant concern in the Thunder franchise about Westbrook. A player of his caliber and age is usually out playing as much basketball as possible, even during the summer. Anything from exhibition games to the USA National Team, players like Westbrook find a way to play the game year-round.
Well, here comes the red flag, because Westbrook announced that he will not be playing for Team USA this summer, but instead resting his knee. Obviously, that is a fantastic decision on his part not to play this summer, but it’s also full of worry. Yes, he did play in the playoffs and performed well, yet look at players like Brandon Roy, Greg Oden or even Derrick Rose; Roy had to retire in what should have been his prime, Oden is a pointless giant, and nobody has a clue about Rose.
Two arthroscopic surgeries in a short period of time is no joke, and I’m glad that Westbrook is taking it seriously, for the sake of his career. If I’m the Thunder though, I’m somewhat concerned and saying a prayer once in awhile that last season wasn’t a bad omen for their point guard. If I’m Westbrook, I’m taking it easy all summer and possibly considering opening up a few car dealerships.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.