For his contributions to the state and commitment to the Thunder organization, Russell Westbrook was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at a ceremony last night. Not like any other induction, Westbrook was presented by boss, mentor and friend Michael Jordan.
In a speech delivered at the Cox Convention Center, Jordan praised Westbrook's passion for the game, likening it to his own.
"I am truly a fan of his," said Jordan. "When I watch him play, I see a lot of resemblance of his passion for the game of basketball, the way I played the game of basketball."
The theme of loyalty was consistent throughout Jordan's speech, though he made sure to let the crowd know that he wasn't taking a shot at Kevin Durant for leaving in free agency.
“I think another thing you guys should be proud of is the sense of loyalty this kid’s shown. He could have easily come to Charlotte, but he decided to stay here in Oklahoma. I’m not here to try to bash anyone that’s not here. Everybody has a choice. When I saw he chose to stay in Oklahoma, I was so proud. As Clay knows and as Russ knows, I texted him to show a sense of respect, because you guys have a very, very special kid."
Humbled by Jordan's presence, Westbrook offered these words about the Hall of Famer.
"He took time out of his day to come all the way to Oklahoma City to do this for me is an amazing honor. I'm happy to have him here."