Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook has ventured into the producing role and will help produce a docuseries on the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. Westbrook spent his first 11 seasons playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he enjoyed his time there.
The title of the docuseries will be “Terror In Tulsa: The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street.” Westbrook will serve as an executive producer.
Russell Westbrook’s time in Oklahoma
Westbrook spent the majority of his NBA career in Oklahoma. As a rookie, he immediately made an impact on the team. The Thunder had a good core of young talent, including Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and James Harden. Westbrook averaged 15.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.9 rebounds in his first season and was named to the All-Rookie First Team.
He improved his game each season and became a threat on the Thunder’s team. Westbrook plays at a high-level and brings a lot of intensity and passion when he steps on the court. In his third season, he averaged over 20 points, and he has not averaged less than 20 points after his second season. Westbrook can do it all on the court. Whether it’s scoring, passing, or defending, he can get the job done.
During the 2016-17 season, Westbrook was a triple-double machine. He finished the season averaging 31.6 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.7 rebounds. Westbrook became the first player in the NBA to average a triple-double throughout the season since Oscar Robertson did it during the 1966-67 season. He won the MVP award and that was no surprise to anyone. Westbrook would average a triple-double for the next two seasons and was the Thunder organization’s face.
Russell Westbrook moving on from Oklahoma
Westbrook’s time in Oklahoma came to an end in 2019. The all-star guard was traded to the Houston Rockets for two-protected first-round picks and other draft considerations. The move reunited Westbrook with his former teammate James Harden. It was not an easy move for Westbrook to leave Oklahoma, and fans were disappointed to see him go.
In January, Westbrook made his return to Oklahoma City for the first time as a visitor. He received a standing ovation from the crowd, and it was an emotional return for Westbrook. He scored 34 points and had five assists and two rebounds during the game. Before the 2019-20 season stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic, Westbrook averaged 27.5 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists playing in 53 games.
Russell Westbrook becoming an executive producer
The former Thunder guard will be teaming up with documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson and the production company Blackfin to produce the docuseries. There have been more athletes tapping into the film industry to help produce documentaries. So what happened in the Tulsa race massacre?
In 1921, a white mob attacked a predominantly black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma and there were looting and burning of homes and businesses. There were 36 deaths reported, but a 2001 Oklahoma commission said that it was likely that 100 to 300 people were killed. In a tweet, Westbrook said that living “in Oklahoma opened my eyes to the rich and sordid history of the state.” The announcement came during a wave of global protests that came about after the death of George Floyd. There’s no timetable to when the docuseries will be released, but Westbrook is very dedicated to this project.