The hearts of Oklahoma City Thunder fans were broken when He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named dropped the news (on Independence Day, no less) that he would not resign with the team after nine glorious seasons. However, the collective sigh of relief could be heard ’round the state when Russell Westbrook announced his three-year contract extension in early August. As a consistent, determined and vicious player since the team’s relocation to Oklahoma in 2008, Westbrook has earned himself the phrase “In Russ We Trust.” Without K.D. by his side, it will be an interesting transition for Westbrook, but it’s doubtful he’ll do anything but excel.
Pre-season games for the Thunder begin on Oct. 3 in Madrid, Spain, but the team will return to Oklahoma on Oct. 13 at the BOK Center in Tulsa to face off against Memphis. Find the Thunder at home at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Oct. 16 and 18, playing Minnesota and Denver, respectively. The regular season begins for the Thunder on Oct. 26 in Philadelphia against the 76ers. For a full schedule, head to nba.com/thunder.