The Oklahoma City Thunder ended their 2012-13 season sooner than anyone expected thanks in large part to Russell Westbrook's knee injury in the playoffs. According to NewsOK.com on Sept. 27, Westbrook is still not sure when he will be able to return to the court.
This is distressing news, as the Thunder learned in the postseason last year that they can't get very far without Westbrook playing alongside Kevin Durant.
The Thunder finished the 2012-13 regular season as one of the top teams in the NBA, but Westbrook went down in the series with the Houston Rockets. While Oklahoma City held on to win that series, they fell way short without Westbrook when they met up with
The Thunder held their media day on Friday and Westbrook's return was one of the most asked questions. The star himself said he wasn't sure and is still doing his rehab like he is supposed to. He also said he is not rushing himself because he wants to return strong and ready to win.
This is all new to Westbrook, who had never missed a game due to injury - ever. He went through high school. college and his NBA career without ever falling to injury and never missed one game. That makes sense that he wouldn't really know the timetable for a recovery like this.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti also said that the return date was still unknown, but did say that the recovery was "on pace." Coach Scott Brooks said that Westbrook has been practicing with the team, but his knee started swelling recently, which Brooks said is normal.
The Oklahoma City Thunder opens their preseason on Oct. 5.