OKLAHOMA CITY -- All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee and be out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the Oklahoma City Thunder's championship chances.
General manager Sam Presti said Friday that the Thunder had not yet scheduled Westbrook's surgery and would not have an accurate timeline for his return until after the procedure was done. No one would rule out Westbrook's possible return if Oklahoma City keeps advancing in the playoffs, and All-Star teammate Kevin Durant only said his teammates "hope" Westbrook can play again this postseason.
"We're not trying to rush him or bring him back ahead of schedule. We want to make sure he's healthy and his knee is right," Durant said. "That's our only concern with it right now. ... We have to come together as a team and worry about the basketball. All he has to worry about is him getting healthy."
The three-time All-Star was hurt in Game 2 of the Thunder's playoff series against Houston on Wednesday night. Rookie Patrick Beverley lunged for a steal in the second quarter and his hip collided with Westbrook's knee.
Coach Scott Brooks claimed after Westbrook missed practice Thursday that Westbrook would be "fine tomorrow," but the team found out differently Friday morning.
"Our team as a whole, we've got a resilient group of guys, a lot of character within that locker room and a group that enjoys playing together and has been through some adversities over the last several years that they've been together. We'd expect them to adjust, come together and have different guys step in and play well collectively," Presti said.
"Once we were able to gather all of the necessary information and everything was accumulated, it was an easy decision for our medical team."
Game 3 is Saturday night in Houston. Westbrook averaged 24 points and seven assists in the first two games, both won by top-seeded Oklahoma City (see full story).
-The Associated Press
David Kahn likely out in Minnesota
The David Kahn era with the Minnesota Timberwolves seems to be coming to a close, according to NBA.com's Steve Aschburner (via ProBasketballTalk).
In a move that could become official next week, the Wolves will not pick up Kahn's team option for 2013-14.
In a controversial four seasons under Kahn, the Timberwolves had a 89-223 record and failed to reach the playoffs.
To replace Kahn, Aschburner reports Flip Saunders "has been negotiating a contract that, with option years, could run through the 2013-18 season."
Saunders role with the Wolves could be more than just as general manager. Aschburner reports owner Glen Taylor and Saunders have been meeting, and Saunders "was representing a group of prospective buyers interested in purchasing the franchise."