There is no one in the NBA that dunks with the ferocity and aggressiveness like Russell Westbrook. He obviously has a personal beef with the rim we don’t know about. Alongside that aggressiveness comes one of the most athletic players that ever played the game. his combination of speed, explosiveness, bounce and strength has never been seen before. As much as we enjoy every dunk, a layup here and there would go a long way for his body.
The longest absence from the court for Westbrook was in 2014 when he tore his lateral meniscus in the right knee sidelining him for the season. He had knee surgery to repair the meniscus in April that year. The recovery took longer than expected as he had two additional arthroscopic surgeries in October and December 2014. With a few DNP rests citing knee injuries, he did not experience any significant knee issues since.
Today we found out that Westbrook underwent another arthroscopic procedure on that same knee after experiencing stiffness. Here’s the OKC press release: “Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today. The Thunder, Westbrook and his representation determined that after he experienced inflammation in his knee this past weekend that the best course of action was the proactive procedure, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache with Thunder medical personnel present at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. The seven-time All-Star averaged a triple-double for a second straight season during the 2017-18 campaign, with 25.4 points, a league-leading 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds, making him the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple seasons. Westbrook will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks, at which time a further update will be provided.
In these moments ESPN’s Brian Windhorst comes to mind. There is no such thing as minor knee surgery. Westbrook has a history with this knee, and the two additional procedures he had to have at the end of 2014 prove Windy’s point that a grain of salt is always needed with a “knee cleanup”. All we can do is hope the doctors were right and that Westbrook will soon be on the court back to his old self, being a non-stop highlight reel.