Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday, and you might have heard of his presenter: Michael Jordan.

Yes, the greatest basketball player of all time took time out of his schedule to support Jordan Brand's most high-profile (active) athlete. And, as he introduced Westbrook, he complimented him for his loyalty to the Thunder.

"Another thing you guys should be proud of is the sense of loyalty this kid has shown," Jordan said, via ESPN's Royce Young. "I'm not here to try and bash anybody that's not here. Everybody has a choice. I'm not saying everybody doesn't have a choice. But when I saw he chose to stay in Oklahoma, I was so proud, and as [Thunder owner] Clay [Bennett] knows and Russ knows, I texted him to show a sense of respect."

Jordan also said that he's a fan of Westbrook, and he is reminded of himself when he sees Westbrook's passion for the game. You can watch his entire speech here, courtesy of the Norman Transcript's Fred Katz:

"Michael's obviously the best player to play the game," Westbrook said, via ESPN. "He's done so many things for the game of basketball in so many ways and broke down so many barriers for guys like myself to go out and compete at a high level. So it means a lot in that aspect. And off the court obviously he's created a great brand, something I eventually want to do when I'm done playing."

Michael Jordan introduces Russell Westbrook
Michael Jordan speaks at Russell Westbrook's Oklahoma Hall of Fame induction. @royceyoung

This time last year, Westbrook introduced Kevin Durant when the former Thunder star was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. So much has changed since then, including Westbrook becoming the poster boy for "loyalty."

One note about that: While loyalty to the franchise and the community in Oklahoma City might very well have been a meaningful factor in Westbrook extending his contract in the offseason, it would be unwise to think of it as the entire story. That deal gave him an $8.7 million raise this season, and a $28.5 million salary next year. It also allows him to hit free agency in the summer of 2018, when he can receive another enormous raise because he'll have 10 years of NBA experience.

In any event, Westbrook did choose to stick with the Thunder as their lone star rather than making this season a contract year. With Durant's departure, he has put the team on his shoulders and embraced the challenge of finding a different way to win. As a result, the state of Oklahoma has never loved him more.