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Nick Collison
Nick Collison
Position: F
Born: 10/26/80
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Salary: $3,750,000
Is being an unfinished product apply to personnel, too? Does that have to change? “You mean like new players? I don’t think so, but as always, that’s up to the front office. They’re going to seek opportunities to make the team better. They always do that; that’s what every team in the league does. I think we’ve got enough. Our problems aren’t usually personnel based, it’s lack of consistency. We’re capable of playing at a high level. The key is to be able to do that for longer stretches.”
Is there internal discussion of the pressure of getting back to the NBA Finals? “All that stuff is really for other people to talk about. The pressure that we talk about is what the pressure is going to be like in those games, how hard it’s going to win in those games in those moments … to beat these teams four times. We’ve been in enough playoff games to know what that pressure cooker’s like and how hard it is, to where your habits come into play. Who you’ve been in the season that’s who you are in those moments, in those tough games. That’s really what our focus is on. We don’t care what other people think, but we do know that’s coming. That is high pressure and that’s the fun part — that’s when we want to be able to play our best basketball.”
It could’ve degenerated into an ugly back-and-firth. But Durant let it go after that. He’s trying to stay disciplined about his vow of silence. The season will be chaotic and emotional. Durant knows that. He doesn’t want to get swallowed up in it by giving thoughts of free agency too much weight too soon. “I hope that every time he’s asked about it this year, every single time, he will say, ‘I’ll talk about this after the season,’ ” teammate Nick Collison says.
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But Billy D has never coached a day in the NBA, even as an assistant. He had an opportunity with the Orlando Magic but famously returned to the Gators a day after signing a contract to coach the Magic. Still Collison says Donovan will have the respect of Thunder players unless he shows he doesn’t deserve it. “As a player, you’re gonna respect your coach whoever it is especially at the start, until there’s a reason not too.”