HoopsHype Nick Collison rumors
Power forward Nick Collison, a key component in the Thunder's nine-man rotation last season, said he could play through the pain of his lower leg stress reaction. However, bring prudent at the beginning of the season likely will improve his chances of being available later in the season. Oklahoman
The Thunder has announced that forward Nick Collison will miss an unidentified amount of training camp after tests Tuesday morning revealed a bone bruise in his left knee. The team, according to a press release, has decided that the best course of action is to rest the 6-10 reserve and re-evaluate him in the coming weeks to determine his availability. Collison wasn’t made available to the media on Tuesday. But one positive is that the injury is not to the same knee that Collison underwent arthroscopic surgery on in mid-May so there is no further damage to the right knee that trouble the six-year veteran throughout last season. Oklahoman
The history of NBA players who have worn customized protective masks runs deep. From Laimbeer and Hamilton, the former masked men list extends from Alonzo Mourning to Zydrunas Ilgauskas and includes Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Last season alone, Charlie Villanueva, Jason Terry, Manu Ginobili and Hedo Turkoglu (who publicly opposed wearing the mask while in Toronto) wore the thin piece of plastic for protection. But if safety is first, comfort comes in dead last. “It didn’t fit right,” Collison explained. “I took it off and threw it into the first row. Our trainer went and got it and made me put it back on after a timeout. The hardest part is looking down for a bounce pass. The nose part kind of gets in your vision and then your peripheral isn’t as good. It’s funny. The two possessions I wasn’t wearing it I dodged a couple Yao Ming elbow like a boxer.” Beyond The Beat
Nick Collison: Congrats @colea45 Im excited to have u on the squad. Even more excited 4you to bring me my newspaper &eggwhite omelete every morning rookie Twitter
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