Ever since Russell Westbrook’s sudden summertime trade away from the only franchise he’d played for came to fruition, the former Oklahoma City Thunder star knew he’d look to highlight his appreciation for the city during his eventual return. Just before the Houston Rockets were set to face off against the recently retooled Thunder roster, the visiting Westbrook took the floor with his typical pregame Chesapeake Energy Arena routine still intact: handshakes with each and every operations worker along the scorer’s table and a clapping sprint to the corner of the baseline to rile up the OKC crowd. He arrived at the game wearing a shirt declaring “Zero Regrets” and “Thank You Oklahoma!” On his feet was a new pair of his signature Jordan WhyNot Zer0.3 sneakers, in the orange and blue hues he’d known for more than a decade. Layered all throughout the upper of the shoe was a collection of his stats with the Thunder during his 11 seasons, along with a simple “Thank You!” message across the heel of each shoe. “I didn’t get this feeling like it was weird. It just felt like I was playing, back at Chesapeake,̶...