The Oklahoma City Thunder, in partnership with the 2018 deadCenter Film Festival, will premiere a documentary on retiring forward Nick Collison at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 9, during an outdoor screening on the Great Lawn at the Myriad Gardens. The screening will be free and open to the public. Viewers are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets, according to a news release.
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In the film, Collison refers to himself and his style of play as “the basketball version of a janitor.” “You gotta dive on the floor, you do it. You gotta set a screen, you do it. Take a hard foul, you do it. That’s what you’re supposed to do and I think that’s just how I play,” he says in the film. The screening of “Mr. Thunder” will be followed by a new documentary, “If I Leave Here Tomorrow,” about the iconic rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, which has Oklahoma ties.
Kendrick Perkins: I wanted to take time to give a special shoutout to 1 of my top 5 favorite team mates of my NBA career and that’s @nicholascollison You are a real 1 on and off the court, a true professional and the definition of a true team mate. Speaks volumes that 1 organization @okcthunder Thunder kept you throughout your long great career. Wish you the best my brother in your next Chapter in life. Love My Boy. Brothers for life👊🏾💯
Doug McDermott: Congrats Dirty!
Jamal Crawford: Heck of a run @Nick Collison ! Sure even more success in the next chapter. Respect!
Nick Collison: I started in cold gyms in small towns in Iowa and ended up playing in more than 1,000 games over 15 years in the best league in the world. I’ve had an incredible run. I’m proud of my career. But it’s time to go. I’m retiring from competitive basketball.
Nick Collison: I love KD. I miss him. I played my best basketball with James. I wish we would have had more time. I feel like a proud big brother watching Russ become both the player and the man that he is. I really appreciate all the battles we’ve been through.
Brett Dawson: Nick Collison says “I think I’ve decided” about his future, but “Today’s not the time to make any of those decisions final.”
Erik Horne: Russell Westbrook on the mic in pregame calls Nick Collison to midcourt for a massive applause from the fans. “I’m not sure if this is his last season or not, but he’s someone I’ve always looked up to as a brother.” Makes sure to acknowledge what Collison has done for org.
Brett Dawson: Collison: “It’s probably my last year.”
Longtime Oklahoma City Thunder veteran Nick Collison says he’s not yet ready to announce he’s done playing. “I don’t know. It’s hard to say for sure,” Collison told The Transcript when asked if 2017-18 would be his final NBA season. “You never know what’s going to happen, but it’s very possible. I realize I’m getting up there.”
Nick Collison isn’t done playing. At least, that’s what he says. “I plan to play [next year] for sure,” Collison said. “I wasn’t sure going into the season how I would feel at the end of the year, but I still enjoy playing, and I enjoy being around the group. I enjoy being on the team, and I still think I have something to offer.”
Anthony Slater: Nick Collison said he will be back next season.
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August 17, 2018 | 4:08 pm EDT Update
Jay King: Cool how much Jayson Tatum seemingly appreciated having his high school jersey retired. instagram.com/p/BmloiKmgS9Y/…
Jahlil Okafor: My summer of transformation: First off I want to thank @idanwan & @dzandertraining for getting after it with me the moment my season ended. Grateful to have two of the best in their respective fields work with me all summer. Although the physical changes in this photo are evident, their has been extreme growth unbenounced to the eye. I’ve learned how to identify and manage different stressors such as anxiety. Learning how to identify certain stressors has also allowed me to over come them. Often times because of my size and profession people may view me in a certain way, but in reality I deal with the same struggles as countless others. Mental health awareness is a cause I will fight for the rest of my life and if you’re struggling today don’t be afraid to speak with someone and seek help. I would like to thank @kevinlove and the @playerstribune for helping me identify my feelings and informing me what I was dealing with was in fact normal. 6 weeks left in the off season; with a lot more work to do!
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He joined the Sacramento Kings and had a fairly good individual rookie season but admits that he isn’t used to his team not being in the top: “It was a pretty good season and I can’t regret any moment of it but it wasn’t as successful teamwise as I’m used to. I think we are on the right path and have a bright future”, Bogdanovic told Eurohoops during the Basketball Without Borders camp.
His transition to the NBA was certainly made easier by having Serbian legends Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic in the Kings managing board but he is looking forward to having Nemanja Bjelica on the court with him next season: “I already had two guys to speak to in Serbian over there which helped me a lot. Now, I have another one on the court which is going to help me even more.”
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks spoke with Chris Forsberg of the ESPN and picked Phoenix Suns center, Deandre Ayton, as the number one favourite to win the Rookie of the Year award. “I would say [Phoenix center Deandre] Ayton. He was the No. 1 pick. He’s tall, he’s strong, he can do so many things,” the 2018 EuroLeague MVP stated.