Apr 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) puts up a defensive front against the Sacramento Kings during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook vows to be better

The Oklahoma City Thunder had their chances at repeating a western conference champions when all star point guard Russell Westbrook suffered a torn meniscus in his knee in April.

The Thunder advanced past the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs, but were defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round.

The 24-year old has vowed to come back and play better than ever.

“I’m going to come back and be better,” Westbrook told The Oklahoman.

In 82 games last season, Westbrook averaged 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He shot 43.8% from the field, 32.3% from beyond the arc and 80.0% from the free throw line. Those numbers won’t be easy to top.

“Every season I try to come back and be a better player,” Westbrook said. “This season should be no different. I should try to come back and be a better player, better teammate and come back and try to win.”

The Thunder will open training camp in less than a week and Westbrook will be a “limited” participant.

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