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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