Oklahoma City forward Collison retiring after 15 seasons

first_imgFILE – In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, addresses the crowd with teammate Nick Collison, right, before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City. Collison announced Thursday, May 10, 2018, that is retiring after 15 years with the Thunder. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison is retiring after 15 years in the NBA.The 37-year-old Collison announced his decision Thursday through the team. The Thunder said Collison is among five NBA players to have spent the past 15 or more seasons all with one franchise.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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. That moment stuck with Bennett, who thanked Collison for being the same person today as he was then. “The Thunder will forever be a better organization because he was here,” Bennett said.Collison started 177 of his 910 career regular-season games, averaging 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. He and Russell Westbrook are the only two players to spend the first 10 years of the relocated franchise in Oklahoma City.Collison thanked family, friends, teammates, coaches and fans for his career. “It would not have been possible to do it on my own,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal breaks McEnroe’s mark of straight sets won on surface Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES “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 in a statement.The 6-foot-10 Collison did not give a reason for his retirement. He played in just 15 games this past season. His best season came in 2007-08, when he averaged 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds in the last year before the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCollison was selected No. 12 overall out of Kansas by the Seattle Supersonics in 2003.Thunder executive vice president and general manager Sam Presti said Collison was a player who set the course for the team at home in Oklahoma City. “Nick has helped define the standards we work by on a day-to-day basis, on and off the court,” Presti said. “He has become synonymous with the Thunder shield.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img

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