NORMAN — Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook underwent successful surgery Saturday to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee in Vail, Colo. at the Steadman Clinic.
However, the all-star guard’s season has come to an end, according to Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
“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 a person,” Presti said. “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.”
Presti says Westbrook’s meniscus was repaired rather than removed, which means it’s able to remain fully intact. But that takes away any chances of a quick turnaround as in past cases such as Metta World Peace when he returned in 13 days from the same injury.
“It was the best possible situation walking into the procedure,” Presti said. “When you take the pragmatic perspective, and understand what’s really, truly important in this situation, you have to be really satisfied with the results of the surgery today.”
Westbrook suffered the injury Wednesday in the second quarter of Game 2 of the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs.
More than likely it took place in the second quarter when Westbrook was dribbling across mid-court toward the Oklahoma City bench with the intentions of calling a time-out. Normally players allow this to happen without much interference. This time Houston rookie Patrick Beverley lunged in front of Westbrook to go for a quick steal, causing the two to bang knees.