HoopsHype Russell Westbrook rumors

February 1, 2014 Updates

There's a post-All-Star break target date set for Westbrook, sources told Yahoo Sports – as soon as Feb. 20, hosting the Miami Heat – and a part of this process makes an old Los Angeles Lakers championship guard press rewind and return 13 years. Yahoo! Sports

January 29, 2014 Updates
January 26, 2014 Updates

Throughout the game, Russell Westbrook and Hasheem Thabeet had some friendly trash-talk going with some fans near the Thunder bench. Westbrook basically stared them down after any decent (or better than decent) Thunder play, while the group of fans chirped back. And it led to these incredible GIFs (h/t @JDonSports), the first one coming after a gorgeous Kevin Durant eurostep. Oklahoman

January 23, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that the formal announcement Thursday morning from USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski will be headlined by well-known stars such as James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony -- none of whom are expected to compete at the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain -- but will also include a number of the game's rising talents while also keeping injured Team USA vets Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook in the fold. ESPN.com

January 22, 2014 Updates
January 6, 2014 Updates

Russell Westbrook came as close as he could Sunday to confirming our suspicions. There's no way he'll be on the shelf through the All-Star break. But he was again resolute that team timelines aren't his timelines. “Yeah, I don't pay no attention to none of those projections, man,” Westbrook said. “I just wake up and try to get better each and every day. That's it.” The last time Westbrook underwent an unexpected surgery, on Oct. 1, the Thunder announced he would miss the first four-to-six weeks of the regular season. He missed two games. Oklahoman

January 5, 2014 Updates

Sam said you got the MRI on the 23rd or 24th and it showed the area of concern but then you went out there and played Christmas. Why did you decide to play Christmas if they had figured out that something was up? Russell Westbrook: I wasn’t in any pain. And we wasn’t for sure (something) was going on. Like I said, I was going to get evaluated after the game anyway. So I wasn’t in no danger of hurting myself or hurting my body or hurting anything else in my knee. Oklahoman

January 3, 2014 Updates

Pounding on a locked door in the hallway adjacent to the visitors' locker room, looking for some solitude to soak in the best win of his young coaching life, Jason Kidd felt a tap on the shoulder from an unlikely well-wisher. "Good job, Coach," Russell Westbrook stopped to tell Kidd on his way out of Chesapeake Energy Arena. "Good job." ESPN.com

December 31, 2013 Updates
December 28, 2013 Updates
December 27, 2013 Updates

On a conference call discussing Westbrook's surgery Friday afternoon, however, Thunder general manager Sam Presti said the timeline doesn't necessarily mean Westbrook will be back in the first game after the All-Star break. “The health of our players is obviously the first and foremost concern for us as an organization,” Presti said. But it's not unreasonable to think Westbrook will return early. He did just that after undergoing an arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 1 to remove a loose stitch in his surgically repaired knee. Westbrook was projected to miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season. He missed only two games. Oklahoman

When asked about the possibility of Westbrook returning early, Presti said the team “needs to let nature take its course.” But he insisted that Westbrook's early return to start the season did not lead to this setback. Presti added that this third surgery wouldn't make him more cautious about allowing Westbrook to again attempt an early return. “I don't think we can be more cautious,” Presti said. “I think the level of caution that was demonstrated previously, if we can execute the same amount, then I think that would be consistent because it was as diligent as we felt we could be and we were very process-driven in regard to that. So we'll be matching the same amount of diligence in that regard.” Oklahoman

“Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling. 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,” said Presti. “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. We know that Russell’s work ethic and commitment will help him return to the level of play that we have all come to appreciate.” NBA.com

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