So many thanks to go around here. Thank you Russell Westbrook for committing to Oklahoma City and saving every sports fan from a season's worth of nauseatingly repetitive sports gossip and enough baseless rumors to make the most stereotypical representation of a high school in California call a school-wide assembly. Thank you Sam Presti for proactively getting a deal done as soon as possible and shattering the hopes and dreams of a handful of prestigious franchises that were set to mortgage their entire future on a player that had yet to express interest in going there. Thank you Enes Kanter for driving that point home with a tweet that I'm sure those who it was directed at would tell you is "too soon".
Lakers fans were so confident that Russell Westbrook was inevitable going to end up in purple and yellow (no, it's NOT gold) that I am sure they are treating those making jokes at their expense like the person laughing at a funeral. In actuality, the Lakers have a promising young group that should grow to contend if everything falls into place, but I guarantee their fans are treating this morning as a mourning period. The death of their future just because they didn't get one high profile, soon-to-be free agent that was TOTALLLLLLY dying to go there because he went to college in the area. It's probably because it's so early out there but I am honestly surprised that I haven't heard the vetoed Chris Paul trade mentioned yet. No doubt that Russell Westbrook deciding to re-up in Oklahoma City was nothing more than a league-wide conspiracy to make sure the most profitable big market team in basketball can't get up off the mat. Props to Enes Kanter for kicking them while their down.