Russell Westbrook still not ready for debut

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 8, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) smiles on the court in the game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Oklahoma City won 122- 106. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the fact that Russell Westbrook’s recovery after the surgery goes well, he still can’t play a full-contact basketball.

According to the Oklahoma City Thunder head coach, Billy Donovan, the 29-year-old player’s status for the season opener is still unclear. Speaking about the situation, Donovan said, per ESPN: “Every day for him, he feels better and better…I don’t want to say [if he’ll be ready].

I know you guys want to know that, but that’s too far out and there will be a lot of things that will go into that decision. There’s certain things he’ll have to go through to get himself fully cleared to play, but he’s certainly moving in the right direction and he’s worked really hard at his rehab to get himself back”.

Russell Westbrook underwent the arthroscopic operation on the right knee on September 12. Last season a seven-time NBA All-Star scored 25.4 points, grabbed 10.1 boards and made 10.3 assists per game, while shooting at 44.9 percent from the field.