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Monday, November 18, 2019

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Nick Collison to be first Oklahoma City Thunder player with jersey retired

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are giving the ultimate honor to a player who was mostly a reserve for the team.

OKC announced on Saturday that Nick Collison will have his jersey retired, becoming the first member of the Oklahoma City Thunder to receive that honor.

You’re probably wondering why a player who averaged 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per game during his entire career is getting his jersey retired. Thunder GM Sam Presti shared their reasoning in a statement, lauding Collison for his work ethic and instilling a professional culture within the organization upon its move to a new city.

The ceremony will take place on March 20. Here’s a video the Thunder shared about the move:

Collison began his career with the Seattle SuperSonics in 2004. He remained with the organization through last season, helping the transition from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

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.

Russell Westbrook, Nick Collison crush it with ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ costumes

Russell Westbrook

The Oklahoma City Thunder celebrated Halloween a few weeks early, and they did so with some awesome costumes.

Russell Westbrook and his longtime teammate Nick Collison went as Billy and Sidney from “White Men Can’t Jump,” and they really nailed their costumes. They even got their wives involved.

Those weren’t the only awesome costumes.

Markel Brown dressed up as Tyrone Biggums, a character from “Chappelle’s Show”:

And you can’t miss Carmelo Anthony’s “Game of Thrones” outfit:

Night King Winter Is Coming!!!! @kwebimageinc @anitramichelle @shineblackhawk #StayMe7o

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Well done all the way around.

DeAndre Jordan partied with the Thunder hours after OKC beat the Clippers

DeAndre Jordan

Earlier this season, Clippers forward Blake Griffin denied that the team had a rivalry with the Golden State Warriors. Apparently, frontcourt buddy DeAndre Jordan feels the same way about the Clippers’ dynamic with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Just hours after Kevin Durant ripped out the souls of Clipper Nation with a go-ahead jumper followed by a game-saving block of Chris Paul to lift the Thunder to a 100-99 victory in front of a stunned Staples Center crowd on Monday, Jordan was spotted partying later that night with several members of Oklahoma City.

Video footage obtained by TMZ Sports on Tuesday showed the Clippers center at Henry’s in Hollywood along with Durant, Russell Westbrook, Nick Collison, and Steve Novak.

Nothing, not even the searing pain of a fresh defeat, can get in the way of having a good time, it seems.

This isn’t a great look for Jordan, a player who has had his competitive fire questioned in the past, and it’s especially curious considering the shade-throwing comments Durant made prior to the game almost directly clowning Jordan for his free throw woes.

Generally speaking, it’s good to be able to distinguish your business dealings from your personal/social dealings and not let the two interfere with one another. But when you’re a professional basketball player that’s chumming it up with an in-conference adversary that handed you a devastating loss on your home floor just hours before, it’s something entirely different.

Nick Collison bloodied by Jeff Ayers elbow; needed four staples (GIF)

The San Antonio Spurs lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in what felt like a playoff preview. It was a hard-fought battle that featured plenty of physical play. If you’d rather not take our word for it, just ask Nick Collison’s head.

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Collison got a nasty cut on the top of his head that resulted in blood pouring down his face on all sides. As The Big Lead pointed out, he likely suffered the injury while fighting for a rebound with Spurs center Jeff Ayres.

The Thunder forward went to the locker room to get four staples in his head before returning to the bench in the fourth quarter. It was one of those plays that didn’t look as bad as, say, Mike Dunleavy getting cracked across the face with an elbow, but the result was ultimately the same. If Gatorade is looking to make a commercial featuring backup big men, Collison will almost certainly be in it.