I woke up this morning early and checked out my cell phone as I always do. To my surprise I saw a notification from sports center alerting me that Russell Westbrook signed a three year deal with Oklahoma City. I was going to write this blog right then but realized I was running late for soccer practice and figured I would let the media die down and then post it.
If you have been a reader of my blogs then you know that I post a lot about the Oklahoma City Thunder, Steelers, and West Virginia University. I mean those are my teams and I literally enjoy writing about those teams. I got a few comments on my twitter today asking me for a "My Opinion" post about Westbrook's new contract with the Thunder. Obviously I was going to write about it regardless but it is cool knowing that some of you actually care about what I write. That is enough of me rambling on, let's get into my opinion on Westbrook extending his contract with OKC.
Obviously I am thrilled with Russell's decision to continue his playing career as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. If you read my opinionated blog about Kevin Durant leaving for the Warriors then you know how upset and hurt I was about KD bolting out on us. I felt almost sort of betrayed but later on I came to my senses and realized that it was Durant's decision to do what he wanted. With that being said, I was already starting to prepare myself for Westbrook's decision. Wether it be a good one or a bad one, I knew it was his choice and he shouldn't feel any sort of pressure at all.
Russell Westbrook is not only just a great player, he is a great person. If you have ever heard him talk in interviews (when he is not asked dumb questions) he is a good guy. Even with all of his fame, he has remained to be a very loyal husband, father to two dogs, and a humble athlete. Westbrook has endured so much hate and criticism in his NBA career, it is nice to see all the love he is getting now. Every single Oklahoma City fan has made sure to tweet at Russell and let him know how thankful they are for him. It is no doubt that Westbrook will go down as the most beloved OKC player ever but he has a chance to get a statue built out in front of Chesepeake Energy Arena.
My biggest fear was that Westbrook would not want to make his decision yet and that would force Sam Presti to have to trade him away. That was my main concern because I really wanted to see him play without KD. I want to see Westbrook go for 60 points. I want to see Westbrook have 15 rebounds. I want to see Westbrook do what no other player has ever done and now that Durant is not in OKC, that makes all of those things very possible. I think that Russ West feels like he was screwed over by Durant and that will add fuel to his fire. In my eyes, Westbrook is the clear cut favorite for MVP this season.