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Russell Westbrook Has Knee Surgery Again; Will Miss 4-6 Weeks of New Season

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Russell Westbrook has had another arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday morning, according to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Westbrook tore his meniscus last season in the first round of the NBA playoffs, after Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley crashed into his knee.

“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation. He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice, but has experienced recent swelling that had not subsided,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “After careful consideration and recommendations from the medical team, we elected to do the procedure today based on our consulting physician’s belief that the swelling would be alleviated, and in turn give Russell the best chance for sustained performance throughout the season and beyond. During the procedure it was determined that the source of swelling was due to a loose stitch, and fortunately we were also able to confirm that the meniscus has healed properly.”

The guard will miss the first 4-6 weeks of the 2013-14 regular season because of the injury. Westbrook had never missed a game in his five NBA seasons, prior to this injury.

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