HoopsHype Nick Collison rumors

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Thunder forward Nick Collison, along with NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and Bucks forward Luc Mbah a Moute is in Kenya representing the NBA as part of a UNICEF field trip. Collison has filed this travelogue for NBA.com. Entry 1: Making my way to Kenya: I previously attended Basketball without Borders in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2008, so this marks my second trip to Africa. I had a great experience and wanted to return, so when I was approached by the NBA to come to Kenya as part of a UNICEF field trip followed by another BWB in Johannesburg, I jumped at the opportunity. Friday morning I left New York on a flight to Johannesburg then on to Nairobi. The total travel time was over 20 hours. After relaxing Saturday we had a day to spend in Nairobi. A small group of us toured Kibera which is one of the largest slums in the world, located in the middle of Nairobi. Walking through Kibera was a powerful experience. NBA.com

For Nick Collison, taking a trip to Africa changed the world he lives in. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward was only in Kenya for three days, but it felt like three weeks. He witnessed people who walked 30 miles just to get two drops of polio vaccine, then turned around and walked home. He mingled among 100,000 people seeking refuge from wars and famine. He'll come back to the United States a changed person. "To see things like that, it makes it real because you always hear about what's going on in different places of the world. To see it firsthand, for me, made it real," Collison said by phone Thursday from South Africa, where he's participating in the NBA's 10th Basketball Without Borders clinic. "It's just an incredible trip." MSNBC.com

August 24, 2012 Updates

Always wanted to get your hands on an ivory leather half-moon sofa once owned by former Sonic and current member of the Oklahoma City Thunder Nick Collison? Now is your chance. According to an email sent out this morning by Seattle company Estate Teams - which handles estate sales, business liquidations and moving sales according to its website - this Saturday those interested will have an opportunity to peruse high-end furniture being offered for purchase as part of a estate/moving sale at 16 Comstock Street, a parcel of land on Queen Anne registered to Collison. Several posts on the Estate Teams Facebook page also announces the sale. A parcel search reveals the home was built in 2006, has a total square footage of 7090, and features five bedrooms and just over five bathrooms. The home's total appraised taxable total in 2012 was $2,614,000. Seattle Weekly

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Susan Bible: Nick Collison says he wants Coach Brooks back. Says Cole Aldrich will be ready for more next season. Twitter

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Thunder forward Nick Collison, who doesn't wear glasses, surmised that some players have motives that go beyond fashion. "Maybe they think it makes them look smarter," he said. Mr. Collison blogs for GQ.com but doesn't consider himself particularly stylish: "I'm from Iowa, so we're used to being a year or two late on everything." Wall Street Journal

May 14, 2012 Updates

Thunder forward Nick Collison said shaking hands is "so low" on the team’s list of concerns, and coach Scott Brooks said they have moved on. "The subplots are part of NBA basketball," Brooks said. "If you focus on that, that's not where your attention needs to be." FOXSports SouthWest

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Nick Collison: My teammate Royal Ivey, however, still wants revenge. He was one of four rookies in Atlanta who were called the "Toys R Us Clan" by the older guys. He was responsible for bringing donuts and the local newspaper every single day. Before and after every flight, the rookies had to load and unload all the bags on and off the plane. They had to get up an hour earlier on the road to deliver the practice gear to each room. On road trips, Kevin Willis would call Royal's room at 2 A.M. and say "Rook, I need you to go get me a carton of cigarettes." Now, Kevin Willis didn't smoke, but Royal still would have to get out of bed and find a convenience store to get him his cigarettes, then knock on his door and deliver them. All that Royal would get for his troubles was a "Thanks Rook," as he watched the grinning veteran throw the cigarettes in the trash. GQ.com

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Despite the lockout, local interest in the Thunder has not waned. Collison and Aldrich both smiled when informed the Thunder had sold out of its full-season ticket allotment last week. “That's impressive,” Aldrich said. “That shows the loyalty that our fans have. Talking with people, even here (at KU), there are a lot of fans who just want to get the season started on time.” Oklahoman

September 26, 2011 Updates

Is there still hope to start the season on time? Nick Collison: "We'll see what happens. You hope the other side will see the momentum the league had and you hope they won't want to sacrifice that for their demands. To be honest, it's a little disappointing right now. There's still some time. We've got about 2-3 weeks to maybe get it done by November (the start of the regular season)." Oklahoman

Let's say a deal does not come in 2-3 weeks. Are we looking at a February start at best? NC: "I can kind of see the writing on the wall. These guys (owners) are going to try to make us bleed a little to try and get what they want. That's their game plan, because clearly they haven't tried to negotiate. That's kind of our stand. We try to meet in the middle somewhere, but I think they're a little more interested in trying to break us and force a deal down our throat." Oklahoman

Why can't you contact medical staff, especially if rehab is involved? NC: "It's probably just easier to keep a clean separation, but on the medical side, I think that's a real risk for the team. It just doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. For me, being a little bit long in the tooth, it's nice to be able to talk to the trainers and the physical therapy side just to try to keep up with everything. I don't understand that part of it (the lockout). At the end of the day, we're going to come back and play, and if a guy were to get injured, wouldn't they want some kind of say in how his rehab is going? Why not be able to stay in touch with medical staff?" Oklahoman

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