Westbrook already off crutches

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm •  Published: January 5, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook already is off crutches and shooting free throws, but the All-Star point guard says he doesn't know when he'll be ready to return to the court for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Westbrook, who underwent his third knee surgery since April on Dec. 27, offered his first public comments since his latest surgery before the Thunder's game against the Boston Celtics.

Westbrook's on-court performance was fine - he had a triple-double by the middle of the third quarter in a Christmas Day win over the New York Knicks - and he said he wasn't in any pain, but his knee "just kept swelling and swelling."

After he underwent an MRI, the decision was made to undergo arthroscopic surgery instead of just trying to rest.

"You don't really know either way, resting or going in and doing surgery, but me personally, I'm just trying to do what's best for my body and what's best for me in the future," Westbrook said.

He said there's "never a doubt" that he won't be able to return to form.

Before Sunday, Westbrook hadn't played since tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the second game of the NBA playoffs last April. The injury occurred when Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley banged knees with him while going for a steal after Westbrook had stopped to call a timeout.

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