NBA notes: Thunder guard Westbrook out indefinitely, needs knee surgery

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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.

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.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin recalled how he was able to return six days after surgery on his meniscus in college at Oklahoma, but his didn’t have to be repaired. The Thunder said Westbrook’s would be repaired.

Wolves in limbo

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said he has yet to meet with owner Glen Taylor about his job status.

Kahn said he will not do so until after coach Rick Adelman makes a decision about returning next season.

Kahn released a statement Friday night after NBA.com reported that Taylor has decided to fire him and is negotiating with Flip Saunders to be the new president.

King gets extension

Coming off their first season in Brooklyn in which the franchise ended a six-year playoff drought, the Nets signed general manager Billy King to a contract extension.

King, hired by the Nets in 2010, put together a team that went 49-33 in its first season after moving from New Jersey, matching the second-best record in franchise history.

Unguarded

The Los Angeles Lakers began Friday night’s home playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs short-handed, to say the least.

Kobe Bryant, the team’s leading scorer, was already out after tearing an Achilles tendon. Fellow guards Steve Nash (hip, back), Steve Blake (hamstring) and Jodie Meeks (ankle) were ruled out before the pivotal game in a series the Spurs lead 2-0.

That left the Lakers with a starting backcourt of D-League MVP Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris.

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