RUSSELL Westbrook got plenty of congratulatory messages and greetings after capping his historic season with an MVP award on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) in the NBA Awards show in New York.
Two greetings, however, stood out the most as basketball great Michael Jordan and Westbrook’s former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant each lauded the newly crowned MVP.
Jordan, through an Instagram story of his Jumpman brand’s account, signed a letter encouraging Westbrook to go for the next goal, an NBA title, as they both have something similar in their NBA careers.
“Congrats, Russell,” Jordan’s letter began. “I got my first MVP award before my first ring too… Keep going.”
Jordan bagged his first of five MVP awards in 1988 before winning the first of six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls three years later.
Meanwhile, recently crowned champion and Finals MVP Durant, who left Westbrook and the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors before the start of the season, had nothing but praises for Westbrook in a comment on his YouTube channel.
“Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on [NBA 2K] all year, F---in balled out. Gotta respect it,” he said.
This is a stark contrast to the tension-filled relationship between the two during February’s All-Star festivities, but the former teammates have been reportedly been talking to each other since last April after Durant congratulated Westbrook for breaking Oscar Robertson’s record for most triple-doubles in a season.