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Jenni Carlson: Nick Collison loves 'adopted hometown' of Seattle

by Jenni Carlson Published: August 11, 2009

/> Now, has Collison taken a couple shots at his other adopted hometown, Oklahoma City? No doubt about it.

Last month during one of our scorching heat waves: "105 degrees in okc today???? sounds nice.”

A few weeks before that while in town for workouts: "Its so damn hot here.”

He’s right about that, too. It is hot here during the summer.

Not everyone in the sports world, though, is excited about the honesty and the openness of Twitter. A couple weeks ago, the NFL decided that players and coaches wouldn’t be allowed to tweet during business hours. Then, ESPN issued a memo prohibiting tweeting unless it served the network. That same day, almost a dozen NFL teams prohibited reporters from tweeting during open practices.

It would be a shame if the Thunder followed suit. At least half a dozen players have Twitter accounts, and most of them regularly answer the question "What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less.

A couple weeks ago, James Harden took his dog shopping. Last week, Thabo Sefolosha scored 16 points for the Swiss national team. Over the weekend, Russell Westbrook hung out in Los Angeles with Kyle Weaver while Kevin Durant played pick-up ball in Washington, D.C.

No Thunder player on Twitter is funnier than Collison.

On July 23: done with softball. Went yard first at bat (99 problems but a pitch aint one) then popped up everytime tryin’ to do it again

On July 14: When will the make "MTV Cribs foreclosure edition”?

On July 2: Bad day for the Dow. Maybe I shouldn’t have bought that iced out chain with the huge diamond encrusted medallion of my face last night

Collison is a cerebral dude with a dry sense of humor, and on Twitter, that personality comes through. It is evident. It is real. We don’t always get to see that from professional athletes.

Twitter might reveal a side of some athletes that we’d rather not see, but in Collison’s case, I don’t like him less for raving about Seattle’s ambiance and complaining about Oklahoma City’s heat.

I like him more.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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