Rockets’ Russell Westbrook has no regrets with Thunder career
Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets went back to Oklahoma City on Thursday to play against his former team. After the game, he shared his thoughts on his emotional return to the city he represented for over a decade. For the former MVP, he doesn’t regret his time with the Thunder.
“I don’t regret anything I did here… they gave me all they had when I gave them all I had.”
Russ reflects on return to OKC and thanks Thunder organization for everything. pic.twitter.com/m9mQXsrVWv
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 10, 2020
To recall, Westbrook was selected by the team — then the Seattle Supersonics — as the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Right from the get-go, the UCLA standout showcased his elite athleticism and ferocious tenacity of the floor.
It wouldn’t take long before the Thunder rose up the ranks as one of the elite teams in the league. With Kevin Durant and James Harden, the young trio turned the Thunder into perennial playoff contenders. They even faced up with the LeBron James-led Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals. It proved that Westbrook and the Thunder were the real deal.
But as the years went on, injuries, roster shake-ups, and the natural travails in the NBA battered the basketball club. Harden left for the Rockets and established himself as one of the greatest scorers in the game. Westbrook, too, suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for an entire year. And of course, there’s Durant who famously left the team for the powerhouse Golden State Warriors squad. Amid all these, Westbrook stayed with the team and even re-sign a hefty deal to assure everyone that he’s not going anywhere.
And in his return, Westbrook received a warm applause, a tribute video, a whole lot of love. The city made him feel that they, too, did not regret supporting him during his time donning the Thunder jersey.
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