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Russell Westbrook not sure he'll be ready for opener

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08:48 AM ET 09.28 | 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."

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September 28, 2013  08:51 AM ET

I heard he was a HOGG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 28, 2013  09:53 AM ET

You should have let a spammer go first!

September 28, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

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September 28, 2013  10:42 AM ET

When he feels like this everyday then it means that he won't be ready. Take your time! December would be a better option instead of a month from now.

September 28, 2013  11:00 AM ET

He better rest because they'll win plenty of games during the regular season without him, but come playoff time they'll need westbrook to win

September 28, 2013  11:09 AM ET

If Westborok is healthy, OKC should be the favorite to win the West. The Spurs will be in the hunt so it will be either team that gets to meet Miami for all the marbles.

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September 28, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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Take your time, the goal is the finals, not game 1

But what happens if the doctors clear him for game 1? It would be pretty selfish of him not to play when his teammates are out there battling, and would show a tremendous lack of heart! I'd probably never be able to root for him again.....

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September 28, 2013  02:36 PM ET
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Well played.........But not the same thing as quitting on your team IN the playoffs

:)

It will be interesting to see what happens with Russ. If he comes back right away and stays healthy all year, I think it will reflect badly on other unnamed players that have taken longer to come back. But if he takes his sweet time or comes back early and God forbid something bad happens, I believe unnamed players will be justified a little bit. I think the games of such players are very similar and wil reflect the same mental hurdle.

I loves Russ's game and hope he too takes the time needs to get back right.

September 28, 2013  05:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Hmmmmm. Interesting comparison/observation.

Why thank you...........

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September 28, 2013  05:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I left you a message on the Noah thread on the next page.

LOL...........





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September 28, 2013  10:56 PM ET
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But what happens if the doctors clear him for game 1? It would be pretty selfish of him not to play when his teammates are out there battling, and would show a tremendous lack of heart! I'd probably never be able to root for him again.....

So you hate Rose, right?

September 29, 2013  01:44 AM ET

Westbrook is spending too much time at fashion shows instead of rehabbing his injury (that occurred from a cheap shot by the Rockets, on which OKC was too spineless to retaliate). Despite his interest in fashion, Westbrook still doesn't know how to dress (however, he can hoist up bricks with the best of them).

September 29, 2013  05:06 AM ET
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So you hate Rose, right?

Of course I do. How dare he make a decision that's correct for him and not the fans. He owes us, gosh darnit!

September 29, 2013  01:25 PM ET

RW is gonna DOMINATE

after LEBron- the most athletic guy in the league.....an amazing force

everyone saw how valuable he was when OKC lost him- from favorites to 2nd round out......

he is gonna be hungry and ready to dominate!

 
September 30, 2013  03:18 PM ET

Just do like D. Rose & stay out the whole year...

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