Thunder superstar still aiming to be back after All-Star break.
Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook 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.
After he underwent an MRI, the decision was made to undergo arthroscopic surgery instead of just trying to rest.
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.
Westbrook underwent an initial surgery for the injury on April 27. He underwent another surgery on October 1 to remove a loose stitch from the first procedure.
At the time, the Thunder said he would miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season. Under that timetable, Westbrook could have been out for as many as 22 games, but instead, he missed only the season’s first two games.
Westbrook said then he never expected to be out four to six weeks. This time, the Thunder have said they expect him to be out until after the All-Star break.