Oklahoma City Thunder: Will Russell Westbrook again return sooner than expected?

Speaking for the first time since undergoing a third surgery to his right knee, Westbrook refused to reveal any clues about when he'll be back in action. But he was again resolute that team timelines aren't his timelines.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 5, 2014

Westbrook said he's doing great now and is just “trying to find my way.”

He also put to rest questions of whether he has any concern about maintaining his explosiveness.

“Never,” he said. “Never a doubt.”

Westbrook went on to clear up a few lingering questions about his surgery, perhaps the most significant being why he played in the Christmas Day game at New York despite an MRI days earlier revealing the area of concern that got team and medical personnel's attention.

Westbrook said he underwent an evaluation after the game against the Knicks and the results of that evaluation, not the previous MRI, led to the decision to undergo surgery.

“I wasn't in any pain, and we weren't for sure (something) was going on,” Westbrook said about the MRI that came days before Christmas and his subsequent decision to play in that game. “So I wasn't in no danger of hurting myself or hurting my body or hurting anything else in my knee.”

Thunder general manager Sam Presti had told reporters that before the latest surgery, Westbrook was getting his knee drained to reduce swelling. When asked how often, Westbrook said only “not often.”

Opting to simply rest the knee with the hope swelling would subside, Westbrook said, would not have brought a guaranteed remedy. And so a third surgery was performed, and here we are.

“My knee just kept swelling and swelling so we had to do what's best,” Westbrook said.

“I'm just trying to do what's best for my body and what's best for me in the future.”


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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