Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/27/13
An effervescent Russell Westbrook said he’s ready for Saturday’s first team practice — albeit in a limited capacity — but he made no promises for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s opener on Oct. 30 at Utah. The Thunder’s invaluable three-time All-Star point guard’s continuous rehab from surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee is threatening his status as the league’s reigning iron man. Westbrook has played in 394 consecutive games. He hasn’t missed a regular-season game since the Thunder drafted him No. 4 overall in 2008. The injury occurred in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs and ended Westbrook’s season. Asked if he’ll be ready for the opener at Media Day on Friday Westbrook said: “Not sure. I’m not sure.” “I just know I wake up in the morning I 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 and try not to look ahead. When something like this happens you have to take it slow. There’s no need for me to rush into looking ahead at the schedule or anything like that just taking one day at time and try to find a way to get back.” When he does the 6-foot-3 Westbrook whose advantage over defenders is his extreme athleticism and a fearless attacking style flatly stated that he has no plans of pursuing a more conservative approach. “Not at all” he said. OKC general manager Sam Presti on Wednesday emphasized the organization’s cautious approach with Westbrook who will turn 25 on Nov. 12. Coach Scott Brooks reported that Westbrook has experienced swelling in the knee within the last 24 hours but couched it by saying it is “pretty common when you have surgery there’s going to be some peaks and valleys.” Third-year guard Reggie Jackson would likely fill Westbrook’s starting spot as he did throughout the playoffs with Derek Fisher backing him up.
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