As we are finding out more and more often, all this talk about the advances in modern medicine have a limit. The human body has a ceiling regardless of who it is and how athletic that person may be. This is certainly the case with OKC guard Russell Westbrook, who after blowing out his knee in last year’s playoffs, suffered a setback that will keep him up out possibly as long as mid-December.

From USA Today:

"Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation. He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice, but has experienced recent swelling that had not subsided," said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. "After careful consideration and recommendations from the medical team, we elected to do the procedure today based on our consulting physician's belief that the swelling would be alleviated, and in turn give Russell the best chance for sustained performance throughout the season and beyond.

Westbrook is expected to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the 2013-14 regular season.