HoopsHype Russell Westbrook rumors

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are hopeful that injured guard Russell Westbrook will return for Thursday's game against the Miami Heat, a source to Yahoo Sports. The Thunder announced on Dec. 27 that Westbrook had surgery on his right knee for the second time since late October. He was projected to be out until after the NBA All-Star break without a specific return game. The source said Westbrook will be re-evaluated on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, which could open the door for a return against the visiting Heat. Yahoo! Sports

Westbrook was expected to be out until after the All-Star break, and it's possible he makes his return in the team's first game, a Thursday tilt with Miami. “I think he's just trying to get healthy,” Love said. “That's what Russ is trying to do. It's unfortunate that he's had the surgeries. I can empathize. I've gone through my series of injuries. But you just hope for the best, and he's keeping a level head about it all. “As far as knowing when to expect him back, I don't know. I don't really ask him about that. I know where his head's at just as far as keeping it level and just being positive.” Oklahoman

February 12, 2014 Updates

Russell Westbrook is the latest athlete to join Subway as a “Famous Fan.” He stopped by to make sandwiches for customers in LA on Wednesday with Jared the Subway Guy. beyondthebuzzer.com

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

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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

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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

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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

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