HoopsHype Nick Collison rumors

April 15, 2014 Updates

Thunder forward Nick Collison and New Orleans guard Austin Rivers were ejected in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 101-89 loss to the Pelicans on Monday night. The two exchanged shoves and had to be separated before coming to blows. The incident began on a Thunder offensive possession. Collison attempted to set a screen on Rivers, who took exception to the contact and pushed Collison. Collison threw both arms in the air and looked around for the refs to make a call. It didn’t come. As the two transitioned to the other end, Collison then took matters into his own hands, delivering a forceful forearm shove into Rivers’ back. Rivers turned and charged at Collison, who appeared to briefly cock back his fist. The two were then separated and a double technical foul was called before referees reviewed the incident and upgraded it to double ejections. Oklahoman

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So tonight, I wandered around the aisles of Target, watching Kendrick Perkins carry two twin boys around on each arm. I watched Thabo Sefolisha help young girl pick out which One Direction DVD she wanted. I watched Kevin Durant walk around with two little guys listening to every word they had to say. I watched Nick Collison help a shy little girl pick out 12 different Barbies. I watched Russell Westbrook try and keep up with two mini-mes, following around two hyperactive boys that wanted all the biggest toys they could find. DailyThunder.com

December 10, 2013 Updates

The hidden impact of the Gay deal is that we're suddenly down to just 10 names in the entire league who are even eligible to be released via the amnesty clause next July. And when you read those 10 names you'll understand why Boozer and Perkins, now that Salmons has been dealt, are realistically the last two who can generate any legitimate amnesty speculation until the next collective bargaining agreement. They are: Atlanta's Al Horford; Boston's Rajon Rondo; Chicago's Boozer and Joakim Noah; Memphis' Mike Conley and Zach Randolph; Oklahoma City's Nick Collison, Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins; San Antonio's Tony Parker. ESPN.com

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Sixteen NBA seasons and Bulls veteran big man Nazr Mohammed says he has never witnessed bullying. Hundreds of different teammates and Mohammed says he has never seen a white player given ‘‘honorary black man status’’ allowing him to use the N-word at will. ‘‘I’m close with Kirk [Hinrich], and I’m really close with [the Okla­homa City Thunder’s] Nick Collison, and how does a conversation like that even start?’’ he said. Chicago Sun-Times

May 17, 2013 Updates

Kevin Durant leads all NBA players in career commercial appearances with 63 at last count, according to standings calculated by HoopsHype. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is second with 42 and Miami's LeBron James is third with 39. In team rankings, OKC ranks third with 88 total commercials, trailing the Los Angeles Lakers with 125 and the Miami Heat with 91. Russell Westbrook is second among Thunder players with 11 commercials, followed by Serge Ibaka (six), Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha (two each), Kevin Martin and Reggie Jackson (one each). Oklahoman

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“Nobody ever asks me about Nick,” offers Brooks with an amused grin. “He’s one of the team’s favorite players. Our guys love Nick Collison because he does everything that you want from a teammate and never, ever, ever gives you less than maximum effort. He means everything. On the floor, in the locker room, on the bus, in the hotel, just everywhere, he’s a great role model for all of our players to look up to and see, that’s how you have to be an NBA player. “Every team needs a Nick and we’re not giving him up.” Red Bull

In a weird way, Collison’s injuries may have been a blessing in disguise. While perhaps preventing stardom -- although he doubts that was ever destined -- they laid the blue-collar foundation for a career. But despite sincerely embracing the role, 82 games’ worth of grunt work wasn’t particularly enjoyable at the outset. Collison’s early teams didn’t just lose often. Their records grew progressively worse each season. Sacrificing stats and flesh is difficult when wins aren’t part of the equation, and Collison admits wishing at times for a change of scenery. “Don’t get me wrong,” says Collison. “It’s basketball. It’s a great job. It’s not the real world, but those are still long seasons and kind of dark days. There was definitely a time where if I were to have gotten moved, I would have been happy.” Red Bull

“Without Nick we wouldn’t be who we are,” praised Durant. “Just his words, his leadership, his play, how he sacrifices his body. He knows his role. He plays it to a T. And he’s tough. He has all the toughness in the world. I’m just honored to play with a player like that, who’s selfless and doesn’t really care about nothing but winning. He makes it easier for everybody.” Red Bull

March 20, 2013 Updates

Nick Collison: Now I'm at the stage of my career where I'm one of the veteran guys, and I definitely try to help out the younger players. The main point I always try to make to new young players is that you are a professional now. You represent yourself. You shouldn't look at the work as something your coaches are making you do anymore. Instead, look at the work as an investment in your career. Find a way to help the team, and do the work to get better at it. I can't think of many careers with the opportunity to advance financially that playing professional sports can provide. On the flip side there are few careers with less job security when you consider the number of roster spots compared with the number of new applicants every year. Players can tell if you're fake--you can't say one thing and do another. It's not about making speeches or taking guys out when you're on the road. It's about doing the work every day, and helping when you can. GQ.com

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Nick Collison sounded like he was practicing his lines in the mirror before defending Westbrook. As soon as he was asked about the incident, he was ready. “We lost a lot of veteran guys here. We lost Derek (Fisher). We lost Nazr (Mohammed) and Royal (Ivey). And the reason we’ve been able to keep up and go — we made a big trade earlier in the year — is because of what Russell and what Kevin have done as leaders. They’ve been great this year. They’ve grown up a lot, their voice with the team and they’ve done it with their play, too. I didn’t see what happened tonight. But I know those guys deserve a lot of credit, Russ in particular. He’s grown up a lot. We’re going to be fine. He’s had a great year.” Oklahoman

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Ibaka's biggest offensive impact comes from offensive rebounds and springing free for mid-range jumpers when defenses crowd Durant and Westbrook on the pick and roll. It's a shot Ibaka has mastered over the past few years, taking dozens of them at the end of practice. "He's a machine," Collison said. "He's been that way since he's been here. He works and he puts in as much time as anybody. He's very serious about his work and it shows. He's improved a lot since he's been here." NBA.com

December 9, 2012 Updates

Equally impressive is the Thunder's offensive efficiency, or points scored per 100 possessions. The Thunder through Friday ranked second with an Oklahoma City-era best 111.1 points per 100 possessions, just 0.1 points behind league leader New York. When searching for what gives with the offense, the answer begins with maturity. “I think it's the growth of our players,” said Nick Collison. “Our guys are making better decisions. We're not having those long stretches where we don't get good shots like we used to have at times. I just think it's a maturity and growth of our team.” Oklahoman

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