OKLAHOMA CITY – Russell Westbrook is recovering from a knee injury and his participation in practice has been limited.
But Monday, Westbrook dunked.
“Oh, man. Russell today…” Reggie Jackson said to The Oklahoman when asked how Westbrook played in practice. “It’s actually funny. My brother and his brother talk a little before games. His brother told mine that Russell’s probably bouncing better than ever.
“I had to see it to believe it. One of the dunks (today), he went up and looked like the old Russell, plus some, head at the rim. We’ll be happy when he gets back fully healthy, but it’s good to see him with a smile on his face, being about the team, bouncing back and happy to be back on the court.”
Westbrook is expected to miss up to six weeks of the regular season recovering from the knee injury that knocked him out of the playoffs a season ago.
The Thunder got more good news on Monday. Center Kendrick Perkins returned to practice for the first time since dislocating his finger during the first half of the first exhibition game in Turkey.
“There were bits and pieces where Russell participated in practice, so that was good,” coach Scott Brooks said to The Oklahoman. “It was good to get everybody out there, working together.”