Russell Westbrook will enter the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Nov. 17 in style: With Michael Jordan as his presenter.
“We are truly excited to have Michael Jordan presenting Russell Westbrook, and we are equally fortunate to have a full slate of accomplished presenters joining us at this year’s ceremony,” president and CEO of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum Shannon L. Rich announced in a prepared statement. “They provide us a meaningful opportunity to celebrate this year’s inductees and forward our mission of telling Oklahoma’s story through its people.”
Westbrook, who has been the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard ever since the team's inception in 2008, enters the Hall of Fame just one year after Kevin Durant's induction.
"Hopefully we'll be here next year for Russell Westbrook's induction,” the now Golden State Warrior said during his speech.
Jordan, of course, needs no descriptor.
Now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Jordan compared himself to Westbrook as recently as this summer.
"Thirty years ago, that's me," Jordan said at a Nike event in July. "The attitude, trying to prove myself, showing so much passion for the game of basketball. You see it in his play. You can tell he loves the game, he plays with energy and flair."
The compliment didn't go over Westbrook's head.
"That's crazy," Westbrook told Complex.com, who originally posted the piece. "I really don't know what to say. To have the best player who ever played the game to say that about you as a player and as a person is something that is going to keep me striving."