Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook phoned Chicago guard and friend Derrick Rose over the weekend after seeing Rose suffer a torn medial meniscus Friday at Portland.
The Bulls announced Monday that after undergoing surgery Rose will miss the remainder of the season.
“It's tough, man,” said Westbrook, who sustained a torn lateral meniscus on April 24. “I was watching the game. It's just tough. Some things like that just happen, and it's a tough situation for him. But he's a strong guy so he'll get back and come back stronger.”
Westbrook said Rose was in good spirits when he spoke to him but empathized with how Rose must now undergo a second knee surgery. In the 2012 playoffs, Rose tore his left ACL, an injury that resulted in him missing the entire 2012-13 season.
“I don't know much about how much time (rehab takes) and what you have to do,” Westbrook said of Rose's most recent injury. “But I just know that just meniscus and the different rehab and the way you do different things with the meniscus and the ACL is a little different. But I think the rehab process in general is stressful and it can be tough, especially for Derrick at this point in time coming off one surgery and now another one. So it can be stressful. But I talked to him the other day, when he got hurt, and he's good. He's in good spirits. So he should be all right.”
BROOKS SEES GROWTH
Through 12 games, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he's been most pleased with the pace at which his team has grown.
“If there's something that I can say I'm really proud of it's the development and the growth of our team in this short part of the season, just a month in,” Brooks said. “We've seen plays that a lot of our guys are making that three weeks ago we didn't make. So that tells me that they're doing a great job of trying to get better and doing what we ask.”
LAMB SLIDING TO POINT GUARD?
Late in the second half of Sunday's blowout win over Utah, the Thunder slid shooting guard Jeremy Lamb over to point guard, putting the ball in his hands for the final 12 minutes and allowing him to make plays.
With Westbrook getting the night off to rest, and Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher both sitting out the fourth quarter, it was Lamb's show. And Brooks was pleasantly surprised.
“I saw something that I liked,” Brooks said of Lamb running the team. “Normally we wouldn't have put him in that situation, but we wanted to give Fish some time off. But I like what he did. I think going forward, I don't know if he will play the point. But I can see him, and he has been the last few games, showing a higher comfort level handling the ball and making decisions for us in the halfcourt. But I can see him going forward getting more opportunities there.”
Westbrook on whether he's begun watching film of San Antonio — “For what? They've been doing the same thing for 20 years, man. It don't matter. They've been doing the same thing. You just got to go out there and play.”