It was an awesome run for Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma Metropolis.
After being drafted because the fourth-overall decide in 2008 by the then-Seattle SuperSonics, Westbrook spent his total profession in Oklahoma Metropolis after the workforce moved earlier than his first official 12 months.
Westbrook gained the MVP in 2017, averaged a triple-double every of his final two years and made eight All-Star groups.
He has good reminiscences with the group and he penned a heartfelt goodbye on Instagram on Friday.
“I can’t even begin to put into words all of the emotions I have right now,” he 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 When I got here right here, I was 18 years outdated, vivid eyed, and fully unaware of all of the wonderful issues that may quickly happen.
“I grew up in Oklahoma with a tremendous bunch of individuals. The individuals listed below are what makes this place so particular. From the followers, my coaches, my teammates, your complete Thunder group, Mr. Bennett, Sam Presti, my associates, and everybody in your complete group. You might be all what makes Oklahoma such a gorgeous place, and the explanation I’ve cherished enjoying right here all of this time.
“You might have supported me by means of all the ups and the downs, and stood by me by means of the nice instances, and hard instances. For that I am eternally grateful to you. I’ve met so many wonderful individuals who have helped form me into the person that I am right this 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 associates 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 traded by the Thunder to the Rockets on Thursday in a bundle for Chris Paul.
He rejoins former teammate James Harden in Houston after the 2 performed the 2009 to 2012 seasons collectively in Oklahoma Metropolis.