The blockbuster trade of Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets on Thursday changes the entire landscape of the NBA’s Western Conference.
It also represents a pretty big change for a player in Westbrook who spent his first 11 NBA seasons in Oklahoma.
Westbrook took to social media to say his goodbyes to the Thunder organization and their fans less than 24 after the trade went down.
I can’t even begin to put into words all of the emotions I have right now. It’s been one heck of a journey Oklahoma! When I came here, I was 18 years old, bright eyed, and completely unaware of all the amazing things that would soon take place. I grew up in Oklahoma with an amazing bunch of people. The people here are what makes this place so special. From the fans, my coaches, my teammates, the entire Thunder organization, Mr. Bennett, Sam Presti, my friends, and everyone in the entire community. You are all what makes Oklahoma such a beautiful place, and the reason I’ve loved playing here all of this time. You have supported me through all of the ups and the downs, and stood by me through the good times, and tough times. For that I am eternally grateful to you. I’ve met so many amazing people who have helped shape me into the man that I am today. I hope I have impacted the Oklahoma community as much as Oklahoma has made an impact on me and my family. I’m leaving Oklahoma with so many friends and so much gratitude. I could never thank you all enough for sticking with me. It’s been a dream and a whirlwind. #WHYNOT
A post shared by Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) on Jul 12, 2019 at 3:16pm PDT
“From the fans, my coaches, my teammates, the entire Thunder organization, Mr. Bennett, Sam Presti, my friends, and everyone in the entire community,” Westbrook wrote. “You are all what makes Oklahoma such a beautiful place, and the reason I’ve loved playing here all of this time.”
The video itself was absolutely amazing. Westbrook’s words also show us just how much the local Oklahoma City community means to him.
The future Hall of Famer earned eight All-Star appearances, an NBA MVP and NBA Finals appearance during his career with the Thunder. He’ll definitely be missed.