Friday, 14 December, 2018

Nick Collison announces retirement: 'It's time to go'

Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison Nick Collison has played with Russell Westbrook for nearly a decade. | Sue Ogrocki AP
Sidney Guerrero | 10 May, 2018, 23:27

Collison was drafted 12th overall in 2003 by the Seattle SuperSonics, who relocated to Oklahoma City.

He announced the news on ESPN where he bid adieu to his career and the players and personnel he spent it with.

"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. He scored 5,359 points and grabbed 4,701 rebounds during that time and became one of the most liked and respected players in the Thunder organization, a sort of hybrid between just one of the guys and a grizzled, old veteran. "It has been an incredible journey that I'm proud of, and it would not have been possible to do it on my own".

Collison went on to detail how the move from Seattle to Oklahoma City was tough, but by the second season as the Thunder there were glimmers of hope.

Collison played there for four years before the franchise left, which means there are just two former Sonics still active in the National Basketball Association. "I really appreciate all the battles we've been through". "I think we're good, '" Collison recalled.

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I won't get to feel that fire or that rush anymore, but I do get to keep the memories, the stories and the relationships.

"I've had the privilege of being one of the guys on a basketball team for a long time".

"But it's time to go".

Collison is in a rare class of players to spend his entire career with one franchise and finishes his career averaging 5.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 69 career double-doubles.

Collison's best statistical season came in 2007-08, when he recorded 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for a awful Sonics team that went 20-62.

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