Thunder’s Westbrook to miss start of camp

Russell Westrbook became the first player since 1962 to average a triple-double in the regular season.

Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook will miss the first few days of the Thunder’s training camp, as Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti told reporters Friday that Westbrook recently had a platelet rich plasma injection in his left knee.

Westbrook is expected to play in the preseason.

As Thunder writer Erik Horne of The Oklahoman wrote, the injection has nothing to do with Westbrook’s previous injuries to his right knee.

Westbrook has had a total of three surgeries on his right knee after he initially tore his meniscus in the 2013 playoffs.

Expectations are high for the Thunder in 2017-18 with the arrival of star forward Paul George, but everything revolves around Westbrook and his ability to be the main cog for 82 regular season games.

Westbrook is one of the most durable players in the league. He has only missed three games in the past two seasons.