Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee earlier today, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced.
“Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling. After consultation and consideration by his surgeon in Los Angeles, a plan was established to monitor the swelling that included a series of scheduled MRIs,” said Presti. “On the most recent MRI it was determined by the surgeon that there was an area of concern that had not previously existed, nor was detectable in the previous procedures, and it was necessary to evaluate Russell further. The consulting physician determined that arthroscopic surgery was necessary to address the swelling that was taking place. We know that Russell’s work ethic and commitment will help him return to the level of play that we have all come to appreciate.”
The trouble with Westbrook's knee began last April when he tore his meniscus. Westbrook underwent an initial surgery in April, which sidelined him for the rest of the season. Before training camp, Westbrook had another surgery to address swelling and doctors removed a lose stitch from the first procedure. He was expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but returned just two games into the season.
Westbrook is expected to return post All-Star break. This season he is averaging 21.3 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds.