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Russell Westbrook with emotional thank you, goodbye to Oklahoma City

Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) waves to the crowd after tying the record for triple-doubles in a season in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)


The Thunder are the only franchise Russell Westbrook has ever known.

It’s where he was drafted, grew up as a player, became an All-Star, went to the NBA Finals, became an MVP and, along the way, became a cultural icon of the city.

He’s going to miss the city and the fans, and tried to put that in words in an Instagram post.

It’s going to be strange watching Thunder games without Westbrook next season.

Westbrook, at his request (after Paul George forced his way to LA), was traded to Houston for a plethora of picks.