The Devon Energy Tower is a kind of beacon for Oklahoma City. No building rises higher amongst the modest OKC skyline.
Through the years, the tower has often lit up at night with messages like “Go Thunder” during the playoffs. Yesterday, when Russell Westbrook inked a three-year extension to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the tower made sure Westbrook felt right at home with his decision:
Cool touch by the Devon Tower tonight! #ThankYouRuss pic.twitter.com/iifBWIeSHe
— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) August 5, 2016
This was a really cool gesture and one that Westbrook surely appreciated.
Russell talked during a press conference yesterday about how easy the decision to extend with the Thunder was. He knew he wanted to be with the Thunder, so why not extend? He mentioned the team and organization, but also the fans and the city itself. He said he’s never had someone come up to him in OKC and say something negative. The support he’s received in OKC hasn’t gone unnoticed, and Westbrook was happy to repay the fans with the extension.
It’s been a rough month for Thunder fans. Kevin Durant’s departure plots them further from a championship than ever before. There weren’t a lot of positives to focus on.
Westbrook emerged as a beacon of light for the franchise yesterday, and the city’s own beacon paid its respects.