Russell Westbrook Out For Remainder Of Playoffs

by April 27, 2013

After undergoing surgery on his torn lateral right meniscus, Russell Westbrook will miss the rest of the Playoffs, the Thunder announced today. There was a shred of hope that Westbrook would return during the postseason, but the surgery was to repair his meniscus and not remove it, which results in a longer recovery:

“Russell’s health and well being are obviously our number one priority through this process and today’s procedure helped solidify our belief that Russell will have many productive years of basketball in his future,” Thunder GM Sam Presti said in a statement. “Although we are of course disappointed that Russell will be unable to return to the floor with his teammates this season, the opportunity to repair the meniscus as opposed to remove it was the best possible scenario for Russell’s long term health as a player and person.”