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Russell Westbrook ‘eternally grateful’ to Oklahoma City Thunder | NBA News

Russell Westbrook’s time with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder is over, however he’s leaving the franchise and the state with no bitterness.

Westbrook was traded to the Houston Rockets on Thursday evening in a deal that despatched Chris Paul and two first-round draft picks to Oklahoma Metropolis. However he thanked the group and the folks of Oklahoma in an Instagram submit on Friday evening, saying he was “eternally grateful.”

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I can’t even start to place into phrases all the feelings I have proper now. It’s been one heck of a journey Oklahoma! When I got here right here, I was 18 years outdated, vivid eyed, and fully unaware of all of the superb issues that may quickly happen. I grew up in Oklahoma with a tremendous bunch of individuals. The folks listed below are what makes this place so particular. From the followers, my coaches, my teammates, your entire Thunder group, Mr. Bennett, Sam Presti, my buddies, and everybody in your entire group. You might be all what makes Oklahoma such an attractive place, and the rationale I’ve cherished taking part in right here all of this time. You could have supported me via all the ups and the downs, and stood by me via the great occasions, and difficult occasions. For that I am eternally grateful to you. I’ve met so many superb individuals who have helped form me into the person that I am at the moment. I hope I have impacted the Oklahoma group as a lot as Oklahoma has made an affect on me and my household. I’m leaving Oklahoma with so many buddies and a lot gratitude. I might by no means thanks all sufficient for sticking with me. It’s been a dream and a whirlwind. #WHYNOT

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“I can’t even begin to put into words all of the emotions I have right now,” Westbrook wrote. “It has been one heck of a journey Oklahoma! When I got here right here, I was 18 years outdated, vivid eyed, and fully unaware of all of the superb issues that may quickly happen.

“I grew up in Oklahoma with a tremendous bunch of individuals. The folks listed below are what makes this place so particular. From the followers, my coaches, my team-mates, your entire Thunder organisation, Mr Bennett, Sam Presti, my buddies, and everybody in your entire group. You might be all what makes Oklahoma such an attractive place, and the rationale I’ve cherished taking part in right here all of this time.

“You could have supported me via all the ups and the downs, and stood by me via the great occasions, and difficult occasions. For that I am eternally grateful to you. I’ve met so many superb individuals who have helped form me into the person that I am at the moment. I hope I have impacted the Oklahoma group as a lot as Oklahoma has made an affect on me and my household.

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“I’m leaving Oklahoma with so many buddies and a lot gratitude. I might by no means thanks all sufficient for sticking with me. It has been a dream and a whirlwind. #WHYNOT”

Westbrook was an eight-time All-Star throughout his time in Oklahoma Metropolis and received NBA MVP honours in 2016-17 when he notched a report 42 triple-doubles.

Russell Westbrook and James Harden together at the All-Star Game
Picture: Russell Westbrook and James Harden collectively on the All-Star Sport

With the Rockets he’ll workforce with James Harden, a former team-mate with the Thunder who was MVP in 2017-18.

“When I left OKC, I was unhappy. Then Houston made a house for me,” Harden told reporters at a sneaker event Friday of the trade that occurred before the 2012-13 season. “Rockets is my house. And now a possibility got here accessible the place Russ wasn’t pleased. Now we’re again. It may be quite a lot of enjoyable this 12 months, I assure you that. Imagine it.”

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