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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)

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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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz1UTAInNPp/

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.