That's how long Russell Westbrook could be sidelined as he heals from a second knee operation, an arthroscopic procedure performed Tuesday in California to remove a stitch that was supposed to sew up the torn lateral meniscus he suffered in the spring but caused chronic swelling when it became loose.
That's the worst-case scenario.
At best, the announced four-to-six week timetable will keep Westbrook on the shelf for 15 games, leaving the Thunder without its perennial All-Star point guard for far longer than anyone thought necessary back when Patrick Beverley crashed into Westbrook's leg.
While in the public eye Tuesday, the Thunder did its best to exude positivity.
“We're not down,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks sold. “We're down a man right now, but we're not down.”
But as players and coaches board Wednesday afternoon's flight that will take them from Oklahoma City to Istanbul, Turkey, for Saturday's preseason opener, the Thunder will have plenty to figure out.
The biggest question, once again, is what now?
Reggie Jackson is expected to serve as the emergency starter in Westbrook's absence, as he did in the Thunder's final nine playoff games following Westbrook's injury. Beyond that, though, the Thunder's first month and a half has suddenly become one big mystery.
* Is Jackson, who as of Tuesday morning still was projected to be the team's sixth man, now ready for a starring role?
* Can Kevin Durant effectively carry the load with defenses loaded up and locked in on him?
* How much does Derek Fisher, now 39, have left in the tank to offer as the presumable backup point guard?
* How good is Jeremy Lamb?
* Does Brooks have a backup plan?
The Thunder's early-season success hinges largely on how these questions are answered.
But the organization, from Thunder general manager Sam Presti to Brooks to Durant, pointed to last year's postseason as a steppingstone that prepared the Thunder for this situation and now stands as a source of confidence.
“We've been in this situation unfortunately where we had to play without him in the past,” Presti said. “I think we'll be more prepared, knowing a lot more about our team and some of the players that were able to perform at the time that we were dealing with this particular situation in the past.
“And I think that over time, as we work through this period, when Russell does come back and join us, he'll be as good as ever, and I believe the team will be better than the one that he last played with based on the fact that they're going to have to play through some situations that are not necessarily the way that we expected them.”
The good news for the Thunder is this year's schedule starts off on the soft side. The first six opponents failed to make the postseason last year. Some, like Minnesota, Dallas, Detroit and Washington, have improved. Others, like Utah and Phoenix, appear to have gotten worse.
Of the first 15 games, seven of the next nine are considerably more challenging. The Thunder has a road back-to-back against the L.A. Clippers and Golden State and will later host Denver, the Clippers, San Antonio, Golden State and Minnesota.
“We played (nine) games without him,” Durant said of Westbrook. “So we just got to be ready. Guys are going to have to step up and fill that void and we should be in good shape.”
An ESPN.com projection estimated that Westbrook's absence would cost the Thunder two wins in the first 15 games. That could be significant in a Western Conference that last season saw the fifth-seeded Grizzlies separated by only four games from the top-seeded Thunder.
Additionally, whenever Westbrook returns he'll be playing his first real game since April 24. He is expected to take even more time to regain his rhythm and revert to his customary level. That adjustment period could cost the Thunder even more wins.
“The Western Conference is not easy, we understand that,” Brooks said. “But this also gives us an opportunity to embrace that challenge and we have guys who are very competitive and looking forward to doing that.”
Durant reminds that the Thunder has done it before.
“With this now, we done been through about everything,” Durant said. “Nothing new for us. We hang our hats on being resilient. And that's what we have to be now.”