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VIDEO: Russell Westbrook Thanks OKC After Trade to Rockets in Emotional Instagram Post

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.

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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

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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.