Welcome to the land of luggage, where the grand daddy of them all, Tumi, has jumped into the Oklahoma City Thunder boat by giving Russell Westbrook a commercial to advertise their new line of luggage. However, it’s not the luggage that has Thunder social media going bananas, it’s the message in the video.

Russell Westbrook preached about “loyalty” in August, when he signed an extension. It appears Westbrook is taking it a step further in his commercial.

“Home. Home is where my journey takes me,” Westbrook says in the commercial. “I’ve been feeling love since I got here. The people of Oklahoma City have done nothing but welcome me with open arms. Home pushes me to drive harder.”

While Durant said a lot of things during his time in Oklahoma City, it would be insulting to Westbrook to assume he would spur Oklahoma City as Durant did.

“I’ve been feeling love since I got here.,” Westbrook said in the ad. “The people in Oklahoma City have done nothing but welcome me with open arms.”

To not sign an extension in July would really be the opposite of everything Westbrook has said all season and even reiterated in his exit interview.

“Obviously, Oklahoma City is a place I want to be,” Westbrook said.

The commercial ends with everyone saying “in Russ we trust.” We all agree. Sam Presti agrees. We just hope Westbrook sees it.

If anything tugs on the heart strings in the video, it has to be the very end. Westbrook is atop McNellie’s in Midtown. He leaves his luggage there and walks off. It’s as if Westbrook was leaving his luggage at home.

Here’s the whole video:

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