HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Nerd alert!
That is, keep your eyes open for any Urkel lookalikes with a 40-inch vertical leap, a wardrobe swiped from Beau Brummell and a cockiness factor that goes straight through the roof.
Yes, Russell Westbrook is back.
The news was first tipped by Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, and then officially released by the Thunder: the All-Star guard will make his return to the lineup when the Thunder play host to the Suns tonight on NBA TV (7 p.m. Eastern).
It would be Westbrook’s first game since tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee on April 24 during a run-in with the Rockets’ Patrick Beverley in the first round of the playoffs.
Westbrook suffered a setback in his recovery and required a second surgery to repair a loose stitch in his knee on Oct. 1 and at the time it was believed he would miss at least the first month of the season.
But if you know anything about Westbrook, it’s that he doesn’t do anything at half-speed and his conditioning and rehab regimen have enabled him to pass all medical clearances by the team doctors.
Reggie Jackson has been starting at the point guard spot for the since the injury, but the Thunder are clearly not the Thunder without their 1-2 punch of Kevin Durant with Westbrook.
He’s been taking part in practices all week and his teammates told Mayberry that Westbrook has been impressive.
“He looks good,” Durant said this week. “I don’t know the timetables or what the doctors are saying, but he looks good to me. Russell put in a lot of work, so I expected him to look like this. So we’ll see when he gets back out there. We’re waiting for him.”
A world of nerds awaits, adjusting their glasses and primping their bow ties in high-flying anticipation.