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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Russell Westbrook has perfect quote about Nick Collison’s retirement

Russell Westbrook

Nobody does triple-doubles or tributes quite like Russell Westbrook does.

Oklahoma City Thunder legend Nick Collison, who played his entire career with them, even dating back to when they were still the Seattle SuperSonics, officially announced his retirement on Thursday after 15 NBA seasons.

In the wake of Collison’s announcement, The Oklahoman requested a statement from Thunder star Russell Westbrook in response to the news. Here was what Westbrook had to say, according to beat writer Brett Dawson.

Though perhaps not quite on the level of Michael Jordan’s iconic “I’m back,” the simple two-word statement perfectly sums up the kind of teammate that Collison was. The 37-year-old may have only averaged 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for his career, but his loyalty to the team and his willingness to do whatever was asked of him will remembered far beyond that.

As for Russ, who has been teammates with Collison since being drafted in 2008, it’s a fitting tribute to his brother in battle and in Halloween hijinks.

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