Report: Russell Westbrook Targeting Feb. 20 Return


The Oklahoma City Thunder are rolling, and looking to get a key piece back in the next two weeks.

Yahoo Sports reports that Westbrook has set a February 20 date as his target return date after the All-Star Break for his return from arthroscopic surgery.

All these peerless performances out of Durant, 10 consecutive victories, the best record in the NBA, and still there’s such an intrigue about how Westbrook melds back into Durant’s dominance.

There’s a post-All-Star break target date set for Westbrook, sources told Yahoo Sports – as soon as Feb. 20, hosting the Miami Heat – and a part of this process makes an old Los Angeles Lakers championship guard press rewind and return 13 years.

Derek Fisher closes his eyes, and it’s 2001 again. He closes his eyes, and remembers Kobe Bryant missing several games late in the regular season. He remembers him watching those Lakers with an amended perspective and ultimately transforming a great team into a historic juggernaut. Westbrook is a superstar growing into his talent, maturing into his partnership with Durant.

If Westbrook can get the hint, dial back his scoring, and let Durant do him.

Watch out come June.