"We are so grateful for all @russwest44 has done for our city through the years," Mayor David Holt said. "And we want him to know he’s welcome here anytime."
"To make sure Russ can always come back home to OKC, I gave him the Key to the City."
The Mayor also cut the ribbon for a new futsal/basketball court, which was funded by Russ and his Why Not? foundation.
"This new court at Capitol Hill HS in South OKC demonstrates Russ’s continued commitment to the kids of @okcps and the people of OKC," David said.
We are so grateful for all @russwest44 has done for our city through the years, and we want him to know he’s welcome here anytime. To make sure Russ can always come back home to OKC, I gave him the Key to the City. pic.twitter.com/zrQK5yxRRf
Aside from his on-court accomplishments, Russ is known to have an active role in charitable work through his foundation -- which helps inspire children to achieve their dreams -- including backpack and shoe drives ... as well as handing out meals on Thanksgiving.
Of course, Westbrook spent the majority of his NBA career in OKC ... where he helped the team reach the Finals in 2012, and became the franchise's all-time leading scorer.
Russ, a 9-time All-Star and 2-time NBA scoring champ, departed from the Thunder after 11 seasons with the team ... and then played for the Rockets and Wizards before ending up on the Lakers.