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The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that the team will retire Nick Collison’s No. 4 on Wednesday, March 20 when the Thunder hosts the Toronto Raptors at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Collison announced his retirement this past May after spending all 15 years of his career with the Thunder franchise. His No. 4 will be the first number retired by the Thunder.
“I am thrilled that Nick Collison will be the first Thunder player to have their number retired in Oklahoma City,” said Thunder Chairman Clayton I. Bennett. “He has cemented himself as part of the fabric of this community and our organization by setting an example of commitment, hard work and authenticity. Congratulations Nick.”
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.
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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January 18, 2019 | 9:16 am EST Update
The Kings continue to explore adding a rangier small forward, but they need to be wary of throwing major assets and cap room at what could end up an incremental move. (The bet here is that they do proceed with caution, in part because the Wizards have shown little appetite for dealing Otto Porter anywhere for a return heavy on future assets and cap flexibility, sources say.
Musselman won’t make excuses for his time in Sacramento. “That was the one time I felt as a coach I failed,” Musselman said. But it was a turbulent time in his life. He was going through a divorce. His kids lived 90 minutes away, with their mother. He’d finish practices and spend hours in traffic to spend time with his children. The stress, he says, was overwhelming. In the preseason, Musselman was arrested for DUI.
So why hasn’t the NBA noticed? Ask around and you get a variety of vague answers. In the NBA, Musselman had a reputation of being tough to deal with. In Golden State, he clashed with management over his preference to play veterans over younger players. “He’s a very straightforward guy,” St. Jean said. “There’s no debate about his basketball knowledge. The basketball stuff, he checks all the boxes. But you have to feel comfortable with him.”
Who knows if the NBA will ever come calling again? Orlando had internal discussions about Musselman during its coaching search last summer, league sources told SI.com. Musselman is 54, but still coaches with the zeal of a man decades younger. “I see the same personality, I see the same love and thirst for the game,” St. Jean said. “The passion on the sideline, it’s there. Players can tell, too. They know where you are in terms of your knowledge, your passion. He had it a long time ago, and he’s still got it.”
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January 18, 2019 | 8:38 am EST Update
“Not sure he has played his last game as a (Maverick),” one team source said. “But we will see.” Still, the Mavericks wants Smith back on their own terms, and Carlisle doesn’t plan on budging. There’s no indication – one way or another – what Smith plans to do.
Personality-wise, Carlisle loves Smith, but they’re less of a match on the basketball court. Certainly, Smith is seasons away from being an effective true point guard, although it’s plausible there’s another productive role that could be created in the meantime for the ridiculously explosive athlete with a knack for scoring. As of Thursday, it’s still unclear if Carlisle has even spoken to Smith, saying Tuesday that he had only spoken to his agent, Glenn Schwartzman, and expected Smith to play moving forward if healthy.