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Thunder notebook: Orthopedic surgeon weighs in on Russell Westbrook setback

The recent swelling, which forced the surgery, was the result of a loose stitch and not complications from the original meniscus repair.
by Anthony Slater Published: October 1, 2013

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But for Beverley's part, he's handled it well, wishing Westbrook well last April and reiterating his confidence and respect for the Thunder guard on Tuesday.

“He's a great athlete,” Beverley told the Houston Chronicle at. “I know he has the best doctors. I think he's going to be fine.”

Rockets star James Harden, Westbrook's longtime friend and former teammate, was also asked his thoughts on the situation.

“Just from growing up with him, I know how strong he is and how much he loves the game of basketball,” Harden told the Houston Chronicle. “He'll bounce back. He'll be back as soon as possible. It was his first time missing games at any level was last season in the playoffs. I know he'll bounce back strong and be back better than ever.”


As Westbrook prepares for the early stages of another rehabilitation process, his team will be halfway across the world.

The Thunder is set to leave for Turkey on Wednesday afternoon, scheduled for a 13-hour flight that'll place them in Istanbul by midday Thursday, when accounting for the 8-hour time difference.

OKC plays Turkish basketball power Fenerbahce Ulker on Saturday at 8 a.m. central time, before traveling to Manchester, England, for a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Both games will air on NBATV.

“(Istanbul is a) beautiful city,” Durant said. “I'm excited to get over there and bond with my teammates a little bit, especially the newer guys we have. Just build that camaraderie up.”


Kevin Durant on the Westbrook news: “"I'm gonna call him after practice today and check in on him. That's my guy, I love him and I'm glad it was a successful surgery."