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Russell Westbrook’s extension about more than money…….something that one particular man does not understand

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there is no place I would rather be than Oklahoma City,” Westbrook said today in a prepared statement. “I am so honored to have the opportunity to continue my career here with the Thunder. … When you play in Oklahoma City, you play in front of the best fans in the world, I’m looking forward to bringing everything I’ve got, for them, this city and for this organization.”

The Oklahoma City Thunder star accepted the max-five year extension from the organization worth $205,000,000, with a total payout of $233,500,000 when you add the current payout for the 2017-2018 season.  In addition, Westbrook has an additional year option that could put the star in OKC for the next seven seasons. It is a strong possibility that Westbrook could end his career with the Thunder as he will be 36 at the end of the seven year period.

Westbrook’s new contract, first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, guarantees the six-time All-Star $233.5 million through 2022-23. The $205 million extension kicks in next summer, after his current deal pays him $28.5 million this season, and the final year of the contract includes a player option

With Westbrook’s new shoe contract inked with the JORDAN brand (Nike Company) for $200,000,000 for ten years, the super-star’s earning will be close to one half a billion dollars.


A closer look at Westbrook and his love for his “home” in the NBA tells a story of a man that understands that as you grow into a man, those around you that have helped you in making yourself a significant entity as a human being are not to be cast aside for personal happiness and for just “wanting to have fun”.  Westbrook understands loyalty in the true sense.  He gets that the world is not what you can get out of it, but what can you do to let those know that your word is true in it (the world).


Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Jordan Brand


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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

4 Responses to “Russell Westbrook’s extension about more than money…….something that one particular man does not understand”

  1. Nancy B Malone
    September 29, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Very well stated, Fred. I believe our franchise player will retire after fulfilling this new contract IF he wins a chip. He then will concentrate on his fashion businesses & try to be more present in raising his family. He has exceptional character in this day & age. I’m proud to support him in OKC.

    • September 29, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      He is well grounded. He has an edge but has his act together.

      • Maxine Mahan
        October 1, 2017 at 7:50 am

        Thank you for putting into words how we feel about Westbrook! People read about Westbrook’s love for Oklahoma and they think this must be a great place to be. It’s more than Basketball. He has made people really look at our state!

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