The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 27, 2013

Thunder's Westbrook out after surgery

Staff reports
Enid News & Eagle

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee earlier today and is expected to be out until the All-Star break.

Sam Presti, Thunder executive vice president and general manager, made the announcement in a news release.

“Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling,” Presti said. “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.

“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.”      

Westbrook is expected to return post All-Star break, Presti said.