After 15 years in the National Basketball Association, spread over two cities - Seattle and Oklahoma City, but all with the same franchise - Nick Collison announced his retirement on Thursday night, writing a first person reflective piece for ESPN. I've had an incredible run. With AP Photos.Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison is retiring after 15 seasons, all with the same franchise.
"I've played with some incredible players, future Hall of Famers, and had the unique experience of spending my entire career with one franchise, but in two different cities", he said. "I'm proud of my career", Collison said, via ESPN.
Collison, 37, entered the league in the famed 2003 draft class along with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, selected 12th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics. They played nine seasons together, Durant's first nine in the National Basketball Association.
"Sometimes, in the early phases of an organization's life cycle, the right player comes around at the right time to help define their vision", said Presti.
"KeyArena was loud and the city was with us - I absolutely loved it". It's always meant so much to me and my family that the people of Oklahoma City appreciated what I did. "They are there every night; they know the game and appreciate effort".
"I remember thinking, 'Are we good?" "The fans in Seattle deserved better, and I hope they get a team back someday soon".
I won't get to feel that fire or that rush anymore, but I do get to keep the memories, the stories and the relationships.
In 15 games this season, Collison averaged just 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds. "I've had it for 10 years and I am grateful".
Collison finishes his career with averages of 5.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 69 career double-doubles.