Russell Westbrook has returned to practice and he's looking like his old self.
Last year the Oklahoma City Thunder had their playoff run cut short after Russell Westbrook suffered a meniscus tear in the first round of the playoffs. He recovered this off-season, but then had another knee procedure to clean out his knee and was sidelined further.
This of course was horrible news for OKC fans, but it looks like Russ is on the way to a full recovery. He participated in practice with the Thunder, and not only was he able to go through the drills, but his explosiveness has returned. Backup point guard, Reggie Jackson, who's filling in for Westbrook, said that his counterpart looked great and was exploding for some big dunks, and getting his head up at the rim.
“There were bits and pieces where Russell participated in practice, so that was good,” coach Scott Brooks said. “It was good to get everybody out there, working together." [...]
“Oh, man. Russell today…” 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.”