General Manager, Sam Presti, announced this afternoon that All-Star Point guard, Russell Westbrook will miss the first 4-6 weeks of the regular season. He went arthroscopic knee surgery today and will miss the first month or so of the regular season.
Presti released this statement:
Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation. He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice, but has experienced recent swelling that had not subsided,” Presti said. “After careful consideration and recommendations from the medical team, we elected to do the procedure today based on our consulting physician’s belief that the swelling would be alleviated, and in turn give Russell the best chance for sustained performance throughout the season and beyond. During the procedure it was determined that the source of swelling was due to a loose stitch, and fortunately we were also able to confirm that the meniscus has healed properly.
With Westbrook out, that would leave just Reggie Jackson, Derek Fisher and Dante Garrett left on the roster. Garrett is not expected to make the roster. It could cause for a rough first two months of the season.
Also, Presti said that Westbrook wasn’t scheduled to travel with the team over seas, and that will continue since having the surgery. Also, that the Westbrook should be better in the long run for his career.
We’ll update when we have more information.