While the rest of the country was celebrating the 4th of July, my state of Oklahoma mourned, as Thunder superstar Kevin Durant declared his independence and signed with the much-resented and already-too-good Golden State Warriors. But now we all feel better, as the Thunder’s other superstar, Russell Westbrook–instead of being traded as everyone expected–gave up next year’s free agency to sign a three-year $85.7 million contract extension.
He is staying! He is a thrilling player, who had been somewhat in the shadow of Durant but who excelled more than usual when Durant was injured. Westbrook, the two-time MVP of the All Star Game, is now the face of the Thunder. And Oklahoma’s favorite athlete. [Read more…]