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Russell Westbrook with emotional thank you, goodbye to Oklahoma City

NBC Sports logo NBC Sports 7/12/2019 Kurt Helin
a basketball player in front of a crowd © Associated Press

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.

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A post shared by Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) on Jul 12, 2019 at 3:16pm PDT

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.

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