For the first 10 years of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise’s existence, Nick Collison was a staple member and important facet of the team. When the team moved to Oklahoma City, he was in his 5th season in the NBA, and he was a veteran that young players like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and others all looked to for guidance and advice.
Now, Collison’s jersey, the only player to ever wear #4 in OKC, is set to be retired.
Mr. Thunder, as he was known to Oklahoma residents and Thunder fans alike, is the first player for the Thunder franchise to have his jersey retired.
“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 Thunder organization will retire Collison’s jersey on March 20, 2019, when OKC hosts the Toronto Raptors. Tip-off for that game is schedule for 8:30 PM, and the jersey ceremony will likely take place right before the game. More details for the event will be announced at a later time.
“Nick Collison’s career in Oklahoma City was unique. Unique in that he helped create the internal standards for work ethic, selflessness, citizenship and professionalism for an organization that was starting from scratch. Unique in that as a role player, he embedded himself as a legacy player for the Thunder because of his consistency both in times of success and adversity and respect for his teammates and the organization,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. “It is fitting that Nick will continue his unique and singular relationship with the organization by being our first retired number.”
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