Last week in the Thunder’s first home game since Russell Westbrook’s arthroscopic procedure, he was walking quite well, but with the assistance of a crutch under each arm.
Tuesday pregame in the locker room, he was down to one crutch.
And Thursday before the game against the Nets, Westbrook strolled through the Thunder’s locker room without the aid of any crutch, but just a black wrap around his repaired right knee. No limp, no favoring a leg, no anything.
Obviously, the question then becomes: Will Westbrook return earlier than the team-given timetable of post-All-Star break? Westbrook did return roughly four weeks before the earliest he could from the first one, so it’s possible. But immediately, there will be those saying he came back too quickly. He didn’t the first time as he was pain free and completely medically cleared. If he’s good to go, you aren’t keeping him off the floor.
Scott Brooks was asked pregame about Westbrook’s future health, if he was concerned about three surgeries in an eight-month span.
“No,” Brooks said. “Not at all.”
Maybe he saw how good he was looking pregame, too.