With Nick Collison’s Retirement, Sonics Era Comes to an End… for Now
With rumours swirling, it may only be a matter of time before the Seattle Supersonics return to the NBA.
Until then, the last of the Sonics era has announced retirement. Nick Collison, known as a Sonics lifer, has called it a career after 15-seasons with the franchise that eventually moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. Becoming a fan favourite as only a role player in both Seattle and Oklahoma City, it has been a fun ride for the big man out of the University of Kansas.
“I got to stay here a long time,”Collison said. “but now it’s time to go.”
The former Big 12 Player of the Year averaged 5.9-points and 5.2-rebounds in his NBA career, becoming very much like what Udonis Haslem has become for the Miami Heat – a veteran leader who represented everything that the franchise stands for.
In an age where it is very rare to see lifers in the game, Collison was one of the distinct few and will always have a place in the history of the Supersonics and Thunder.