Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at 11:59 am  |  26 responses

Russell Westbrook Undergoes Third Knee Surgery


Russell Westbrook underwent scope surgery on his right knee on Friday and is expected to be out until after the All-Star break, according to Thunder GM Sam Presti.

The surgery was performed to reduce the swelling in his knee. Per Thunder press release:

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.”      

Westbrook is expected to return post All-Star break. 

After not missing a single game before the first round of the 2013 Playoffs, Westbrook will sit out due to his third surgery on the same knee.

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  • Yosumi

    Should’ve signed with Li-Ning #SMDH

  • spit hot fiyah

    IF he comes back and finds his form, which wasn’t a problem last time apparently, there is a positive in this. more playing time for reggie jackson who has been coming on strong and more reps for lamb who needs to take his game up a notch once the playoffs start

  • Max

    All these injuries are just getting silly smh..

  • spit hot fiyah

    horford might be out for the season, if u haven’t hear. torn pec

  • Max

    Yeah I know, the East got even worse!

  • Reed Morris

    Russell knee injury, and a KD rap song


    Beal :(

  • underdog

    Regular season needs to be shortened.

  • Max

    Wait is Beal’s injury bad?

  • LakeShow

    Yup. Should still be the favorite out of the West.

  • Ugh

    Yes, but not for injury purposes. For redundancy and boredom purposes.


    My bad, he actually dropped 15 last night, wasnt sure he’d be back

  • underdog

    I’d say for both of those reasons.

  • King David

    Westbrook > Durant

  • smokeweed

    Funny after every surgery the say it was “successful”. Clearly not the case.

  • i_ball

    If OKC is a top 2 seed in the West in the end – KD should win the MVP

  • The Seed

    KD will shrink now. Westbrook is the fire and leader of OKC. Even KD states it. Every since KD choked the NBA Finals away as the favorites, his game has digressed. Last year Memphis beat KD, and he was the suppose 2nd best player in the NBA. Without Westbrook, he is nothing but a tall Carmelo Anthony, that doesn’t play defense or rebound, but just shoots. BOOK IT!!



  • LP @ThisisEther

    Crazy how Westbrook has 3 knee surgery on the same knee, and NOBODY mentions he needs to change the way he plays…..Rose had 2 knee surgeries, on separate knees, and everyone thinks hes done, he needs to change the way he plays, he needs a jumper, he needs this, he needs that, he needs to come back early, he needs a 2 turtle doves and partridge in a pear tree… Blah blah blah…..

    Any explanation? Seems odd, right? I’m just saying….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    San Antonio?

  • LakeShow

    Yes, personally, I think OKC is more talented and better suited to win the West Finals if they are healthy. SAS are biting at their ankles though imo.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    my concern with OKC is in experience. Outside of Durant/Westbrook/Ibaka every player on the team with any experience is a bad NBA player.

    (although, Thabo is not really bad, as long as he stays within his role).

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, I understand that. Not sure what it is…well maybe it’s Kobe, and Anderson Silva, and some of my favorite athletes that are “old” are just dying in front of my eyes that is making me look more fondly upon the new guard. The way Russ sprang back from injury and made the Thunder so tough is encouraging for their season still. Lamb, Stevens, and Jackson while inexperienced are very solid young players.

    I think the Spurs can beat them. SCRATCH that, I know they can, but something about the prosperity of the young legs (Bledsoe, Dragic, Plumee, Stephenson, Ant Davis, Drummond, MCW, Giannis Antetokounmpo) in the L that is making me rethink my old thoughts.

    The Spurs are a better bet than anyone not named the Thunder in my POV.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    from what i’m hearing, Russ’ recovery is not going to be as simple as it was before. but, i definitely understand your POV on this one.

  • LakeShow

    Damn, that sucks, and could change my opinion.

    Man I wish GSW and the Clips played defense…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Who knows though, it really depends on if the tear is medial or lateral, and how much of the cartilage is damaged. He’s young, should make a full recovery. Just could be longer than the 7 week timeframe they gave him.