Russell Westbrook’s 11-year tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder came to an end on Thursday, as the former MVP was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and draft capital.
It’s truly the end of an era for Oklahoma City, and the news came with an unfortunate coincidence. At the time of Westbrook’s trade, the guard was hosting an actual comedy show in Tulsa.
It’s almost here our first Why Not?? Comedy pop up show in Tulsa, Oklahoma hosted by myself & @IAmJuiceMann Thursday, July 11, 2019 at @CainsBallroom doors will open at 7:30pm & the show will begin at 8:30pm this is a show you don’t wanna miss 🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/g9i8zhUL7K pic.twitter.com/osFkOaMZl7
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) July 2, 2019
Of course, it’s worth noting that Westbrook was hosting the show to benefit the “Light It Up Foundation, a non-profit founded by former Kansas State receiver and Tulsa native Tyler Lockett to help student-athletes reach college and provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to family.
That Westbrook was busy running a charity event for an Oklahoma city more than 100 miles from his team’s arena while trade rumors flew should say a lot about what the state meant to Westbrook and vice versa. The city and mayor of Oklahoma City both thanked Westbrook when the news broke, as did Lockett.
It should also say something that Westbrook still faced the crowd after the trade came to light. He took a moment to thank Oklahoma, according to Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Heavy.
Russell Westbrook taliked to the crowd and thanked Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/KgIBOeCuqw
— 👑📍Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson (@ScoopB) July 12, 2019
Westbrook has a been a member of the Thunder for as long as the team has been in Oklahoma, and he won one MVP, two scoring titles, two assists titles, eight All-NBA selections and a record three seasons in which he averaged a triple-double during his 11 years there.
He only got as far as the NBA Finals when Kevin Durant and James Harden were on the team, but that is still quite a ride.
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