A recent report from Yahoo Sports indicated that Russell Westbrook might return to the court for the Oklahoma City Thunder in two weeks. According to NewsOK.com on Oct. 30, head coach Scott Brooks dismissed the report and said there is no way of knowing that.
The original report cited “sources” who claimed that he has been impressive and explosive in practice and could return in two weeks. The injury was a torn meniscus in the Western Conference playoffs in April. The Thunder wasn’t sure if he would be ready to start the 2013-14 season, but swelling caused by a loose stitch forced a second surgery and his timetable for return was four to six weeks.
That will put him back around the end of November or start of December. However, the sources told Yahoo Sports he could be back much sooner.
When asked, Brooks said that he read the report on Yahoo Sports and that Westbrook was still continuing his rehab work. Brooks then said that the report is incorrect and that Westbrook is not “ahead of schedule.”
Brooks than said Westbrook won’t play until it is safe for him to do so without re-injuring the meniscus. He then joked that he could confirm that Westbrook won’t play in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season opening game tonight.