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Russell Westbrook ‘not sure’ if he’ll be ready to return for start of season

Sep 27, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT


Russell Westbrook hasn’t yet been cleared for basketball activities, and during the Thunder’s media day on Friday, said he was uncertain about when he’ll be able to return — which means he doesn’t yet know if he’ll miss the start of the regular season on Oct. 30.

From Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman:

When asked specifically whether he’ll be back for the regular season opener on Oct. 30, Westbrook said “I’m not sure.”

“I just wake up in the morning, get to my rehab and then go back to sleep and do it all over again,” Westbrook said. “I just take it one day at a time, man, and try not to look ahead. When something like this happens you have to take it slow. I mean, there’s no need for me to rush into looking ahead on the schedule or anything like that. Just take it one day at a time and try to find a way to get back.”

Westbrook and Thunder general manager Sam Presti expressed similar sentiments earlier this week to The Oklahoman, and Westbrook’s statements Friday reinforced those statements more than shed any more light on when the All-Star point guard will make his 2013-14 debut.

Assuming Westbrook eventually gets back to the player we’ve become accustomed to seeing, this doesn’t change anything in terms of the Thunder’s long-term goal of playing deep into the postseason.

But depending on how much time Westbrook actually misses, it could put some extra pressure on Kevin Durant to put the team on his back during the early portion of the season more than usual.

  1. vikingzfan - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Reblogged this on vikingzfan's Blog and commented:
    Could be a big blow early on.

  2. legend30 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    He’s a ninja turtle what do you expect? Give him some pizza, then he’ll be back to 100%.

  3. antistratfordian - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Russell being out would give KD his best shot at an MVP yet. He’d have to find a way to keep pace with the Heat though – they’re looking for 70 wins this year.

    • ranfan12 - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Lol, the main reason he isn’t getting MVP is because lebron. Losing westbrook isn’t going to help him when he’s averaging 50% fg, 41% 3 pointers, and 90% freethrows off 28 points per game lol

      • antistratfordian - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        If it comes down to these two, the advantage is going to go to the guy with the better record. And if Westbrook misses a ton of games and the Thunder are still the #1 seed then Durant will obviously be the MVP favorite.

        Look, one can easily argue that LeBron deserved every MVP since 2005… so if he doesn’t win in a year it doesn’t mean he wasn’t incredible. He has so many MVPs now that I think people get the point. But be prepared because at some point here he’s probably going to get Karl Malone’d.

  4. pnoty96 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    UHH…how about telling his injury ????!!!

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