Russell Westbrook Has Arthroscopic Procedure On Knee

Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery today on his right knee, according to Royce Young of ESPN. The procedure was done for “maintenance” and the Thunder guard will be re-evaluated in four weeks. He is expected to miss the preseason, and his status for the October 17 opener will be determined at that time.

The operation was successful, the team posted on its website, and the decision to have surgery was prompted by inflammation in the knee over the weekend. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles with medical personnel from the team in attendance.

Westbrook has been remarkably durable since having three surgeries on the knee in a nine-month span in 2013 and has played in 80, 81 and 80 games over the past three seasons. Still, any physical problem is a concern as Westbrook will turn 30 in November and is entering the first season of a five-year, $205MM extension.

Westbrook made his seventh All-Star appearance last season and averaged a triple-double for the second straight year with a 25.4/10.1/10.3 line, leading the NBA in assists.

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11 thoughts on “Russell Westbrook Has Arthroscopic Procedure On Knee

  1. Dionis

    I’m getting tired of Westbrook always either failing to win or getting injured. He’s a machine on the court but his career without a ring will fade quick.

    • LivingUnderDaBridge

      Yeah! Just like Nash, Barkley, Karl Malone, Ewing, Stockton, Iverson, Dominique, Gervin, and all those other talentless bums that never won a chip.

      Dude you are always on point. Keep speaking truth to the naysayers.

  2. afsooner02

    So….why was this not done the day after the Utah series loss if it is “maintenance”

  3. Sorry Dionis but Westbrook’s career will not fade away quickly, that’s for sure.
    Probably wasn’t done earlier because they were trying to avoid going under the knife, that is always the case, they have to wait for if it gets better with rehab, if it does great, surgery avoided, but if it doesn’t the fans always get upset thinking we wasted months, why didn’t do it before? But they just try to avoid surgery as much as possible, but hopefully he should be back the first week of the RS, so at the most might miss a game or two, should be ok, no worries.

  4. Melo Must be wishing to be back w/ the thunder. With hog cheese out he could have more shots!

  5. justinkm19

    His knees aren’t going to hold up. His explosiveness will hurt him in his twilight years

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