After Kevin Durant was inducted into the Oklahoma hall of fame last year, it was widely assumed he would be back this year to present Russell Westbrook. He even mentioned last year that “hopefully we’ll be here next year for Russell Westbrook’s induction.” Obviously he is no longer in position to take part in something special for Russ and Oklahoma but I think Russ will be pretty happy with the person they found to present him instead, Michael Jordan.


No, Jordan does not have any connection to the state of Oklahoma but he does have a connection with Russell, who is basically the face of his brand right now. Jordan has been praising Russ for a long time now, besides lacing him with anything he wants.

“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,” said Shannon Rich, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum. “They provide us a meaningful opportunity to celebrate this year’s inductees and forward our mission of telling Oklahoma’s story through its people.”

For his part, Russell isn’t taking any of this for granted and seems like he is just soaking it all in.

“It’s definitely a huge honor in itself for M.J. to come down to Oklahoma and take part in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame festivities,” said Westbrook in a a statement. “It really means a lot to me that he’s going to be there, and it’s something that I definitely don’t take for granted.”

Jordan’s relationship with the player that he said “30 years ago that was me” appears to be getting stronger and stronger, which will only mean more good things to come for Russ. He will definitely have to play with MJ’s killer instinct this year if he wants to carry OKC deep into the playoffs.