Friday, 19 October, 2018

Collison retires after 15 year National Basketball Association career

'Mr. Thunder' Nick Collison Retires After 15 NBA Seasons Kansas legend Nick Collison retires from NBA after 15 seasons
Cassandra Gardner | 12 May, 2018, 08:18

Thunder chairman Clayton I. Bennett said that after purchasing the SuperSonics, the first thing he saw in the gym was Collison practicing his jump shot.

Collison, who has earned the nickname "Mr. Thunder" because of his stellar play throughout his 10 seasons in Oklahoma City, has been one of the franchise's cornerstones and helped change basketball in Oklahoma from a college sport that people occasionally watch to something everybody could rally around and support.

With the longevity of his career, Collison has been there for the final days of the Sonics and the entire time the Thunder have existed.

"My goal was always to make a career out of basketball, and I was blessed to be in the NBA for 15 seasons", Collison said. Even as his years waned, minutes shrank and role decreased, Collison's veteran abilities in the locker room and on the court helped the Thunder through the struggling times.

Longtime NBA big man Nick Collison announced his retirement from the league Thursday. Thunder star Russell Westbrook was drafted by the Seattle (fourth overall in 2008) but never played there.

"He's a brother for life so I'm glad I met someone like that throughout this journey".

The Oklahoma City Thunder's season came to an abrupt end last month, and with that, the team got to focus all of its efforts on how to convince Paul George to sign a new contract this offseason.

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Collison finishes his career having played in 1,001 games after coming back from shoulder surgery his rookie year.

Collison says he treasured his time in Oklahoma City.

The 37-year-old entered the National Basketball Association in the historic 2003 draft class featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, and now he's calling it quits after 15 years.

Collison, now 37, played in 910 career games where he averaged 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds.

"I remember thinking, 'Are we good?"

"I learned an important lesson: The NBA is a business and all the parties involved will always act in their own best interests", Collison wrote of the move in 2008. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Both were members of the Thunder team that went to the 2012 NBA Finals, ultimately losing to the Miami Heat in five games.

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