Another NBA player is leaving the court. After 15 years in the game, Nick Collision, 37, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, is retiring. Collision joined the league back in 2003, along with basketball classmates, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He played in a total of 910 regular-season games and 91 playoff games, being third most in franchise history.
According to ESPN, the 6-foot-10 forward is part of a unique class of players, spending his professional career with just one franchise. However, Collision never became an All-Star. Players like Kobe Bryant, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and a couple of others have also been with one franchise but played more games.
At the beginning of his career, Nick Collision missed his entire rookie season because of a shoulder injury. He later shined bright in his greatest season in 2007-08, averaging 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game with 23 double-double. Collision spent his entire basketball career with the Thunder organization and was the last player with the franchise to play in Seattle.
He leaves the court with averages of 5.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 69 career double-doubles. Should there be a rule to require players to retire after 15 years in the NBA? 86% of people stand by the notion that it is their choice, while 14% think that 15 years is more than enough. Read more about this story on ESPN here.
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Nick Collison of the Oklahoma City Thunder is retiring after 15 years in the NBA. Should there be a rule to require players to retire after 15 years in the NBA?
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