On Wednesday evening, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson put out the following cryptic tweet:
The speculation on the tweet ran the gamut from people thinking Russell Westbrook was going to sign his extension to Patterson, a noted horror movie buff, being excited about the new movie Annabelle:Creation coming out.
Well, we now know why today was a BIG day. Per a media release from the team, Patterson underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript tweeted that Patterson had been feeling discomfort in the knee since last season. Instead of letting the problem linger throughout the season, the Thunder decided to have the proactive procedure performed on Patterson now, instead of waiting for it to possibly worsen during the season.
Raptors’ beat writer Josh Lewenberg of TSN stated Patterson was never the same after suffering a knee injury in late December against the Phoenix Suns. Patterson went on to miss 10 of the next 12 games for the Raptors and his numbers were never quite the same after the injury. Here is Patterson’s explanation of the injury after that Phoenix game.
Patterson will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks. That timetable would have Patterson hopefully getting back on the court around mid-September. Training camp begins September 26th. The first preseason game is October 3rd, and the season begins on October 17th. If Patterson’s recovery sticks with the initial timetable, he should miss no time in the regular season.