The timetable for All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook's return from a knee injury remains uncertain as Oklahoma City opens training camp.
General manager Sam Presti said Wednesday during his annual ''state of the franchise'' news conference that it would be ''irresponsible'' of him to say when Westbrook would be fully cleared medically, but didn't dispute the notion that Westbrook could miss the season opener Oct. 30 at Utah.
''I wouldn't say that he will be (ready) and I wouldn't say that he won't be,'' Presti said. ''We've got to see how the next month goes.''
Westbrook tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee when Houston guard Patrick Beverley banged knees with him while Westbrook stopped to call a timeout during Game 2 of the first-round NBA playoff series. Westbrook had surgery April 27.
''He's on pace, to this point, in the recovery process, but we're not going to put a specific timetable on his return, simply because it's just too big of a decision,'' Presti said. ...