UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
Point Forward

Russell Westbrook participates in part of Thunder practice

Russell WestbrookRussell Westbrook will miss the start of the regular season. (Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

All-Star guard Russell Westbrook on Monday participated in "bits and pieces" of the Thunder's practice for the first time since having knee surgery last month, according to coach Scott Brooks.

Reggie Jackson, who is filling in as Oklahoma City's starting point guard while Westbrook is sidelined, came away impressed with how his teammate looked in non-contact drills.

"My brother and his brother talk a little before games. His brother told mine that Russell’s probably bouncing better than ever," Jackson told The Oklahoman. "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."

On Oct. 1, the Thunder announced that Westbrook would miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season after undergoing a second surgery on his right knee. If that timetable holds, Westbrook would be sidelined roughly 13-21 games.

GOLLIVER: Northwest Division preview

Westbrook had season-ending surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee in April. He was injured midway through the second quarter of a 105-102 Game 2 victory over the Rockets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The injury was a key factor in the Thunder’s loss to the Grizzlies in the second round after advancing to the 2012 NBA Finals.

Westbrook, 24, averaged 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals last season for the Thunder, who finished a conference-best 60-22. The five-year veteran is a three-time All-Star and a two-time All-NBA second-team selection.

The Point Forward ranked Westbrook No. 5 on our Top 100 of 2014 list.

More Point Forward

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again