Russell Westbrook delivers a powerful Hall of Fame speech
Last night Russell Westbrook was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Westbrook has played in Oklahoma City for his entire career. He was drafted in 2008 by the Seattle SuperSonics. The Sonics, however, would move to OKC just a few months later. Last year Kevin Durant was being inducted and this year Westbrook got his turn. The major difference between the two is that Westbrook has now seemingly committed to OKC for the long-term.
Westbrook signed a three-year extension this past summer. When Westbrook signed his extension on August 4 he had this to say about the city, “There’s nowhere else I’d rather be than Oklahoma City. You guys have basically, kinda raised me.” Westbrook went on to say that loyalty is something he stands by. The loyalty could pay off in the long-run for Westbrook, in a couple years the Thunder could make him the highest paid NBA player ever. All signs are pointing towards Westbrook ending his career in Oklahoma.
The man inducting Westbrook into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame last night was none other than the great Michael Jordan. MJ praised Westbrook not only for his play, but also his decision to stay loyal to OKC. After MJ was done he handed it over to Westbrook. Here is what Westbrook had to say about being inducted.
Westbrook took an interesting route in his speech. He decided to not only thank all those around him and the state of Oklahoma, he spoke about issues important to himself. Westbrook made a call to action to everyone. That call to action was to “be better together.” Westbrook sees the importance of uniting in this country where it feels like we are dividing more and more everyday.
Westbrook went on to pledge to keep up his efforts to make the community around him better. His biggest contribution being his Why Not Foundation? Foundation that helps get young kids reading. He also challenged everyone to “bring hope and healing to every community.”
This is a side of Russell Westbrook that is not shown too often. When he was put in the spotlight he decided to take the chance to look out for the better good. While Westbrook may be heartless on the court, he seems to be just the opposite off it.