After the Oklahoma City Thunder traded away one of their superstars in Paul George, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before they parted ways with their other star, Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook ended up getting dealt to the Houston Rockets where he'll be teamed up with former teammate James Harden, as they prepare to make a run in the daunting Western Conference. But unlike George, Westbrook was the lifeblood of the organization and he was adored by OKC fans around the country. So it only seems fitting that he shared his emotions with those who allowed him to be the Westbrook we know and love.
Westbrook posted a video on his Instagram highlighting some of the best moments of his career in OKC, and the caption reiterates his love and admiration for the fans as well as the OKC brass.
After Kevin Durant's departure in 2016, Westbrook could have easily followed suit and left for a better opportunity. But he didn't, he stuck it out in OKC en route to an MVP award the following season. He did it simply because he loves Oklahoma City, and the fans will always adore him for giving their city everything he had on the court.
Russ may never have brought OKC the ultimate prize of NBA championship, but no one will ever question his toughness and pure heart for the game.
Now, we'll have to see if he and Harden can bring Houston to the promised land.