Russell Westbrook’s streak is in jeopardy. He has played in 394 consecutive regular season games but according to Jeff Caplan of NBA.com that streak may be coming to an end.
Westbrook tore his meniscus in his right knee during the first round of the playoffs this past year. Without Westbrook the Thunder looked very ordinary and were subsequently dispatched by the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round in 5 games.
During media day Westbrook was open with his approach to rehab.
“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.”
He was uncertain about his health for opening day.
Asked if he’ll be ready for the opener at Media Day on Friday, Westbrook said: “Not sure. I’m not sure.”
Westbrook is one of the most dynamic young guards in the NBA today. His speed on the floor is amazing and one has to wonder if his speed and quickness will be affected by this knee injury. We often hear of athletes having to learn to “trust” their knee again before they can go full speed without thinking about it. That will be interesting to see if Westbrook goes through any adjustment process when he finally gets out there.
I am sure that they will be cautious with his return as they would much rather have Westbrook for the playoffs than for the early months of the regular season.