Oklahoma City Thunder: Title-hungry Nick Collison knows his NBA clock is ticking

At the start of next season – which will be the final year on his current contract – Collison will be 34. He’s out of his prime and on the downward slope toward retirement.
by Anthony Slater Published: June 18, 2014


photo - Nick Collison listens to a question during exit interviews with the media for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the team's practice facility in Oklahoma City, Sunday, June 1, 2014. The Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Nick Collison listens to a question during exit interviews with the media for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the team's practice facility in Oklahoma City, Sunday, June 1, 2014. The Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Collison remains a vital presence in the locker room and a valued charter member of the Thunder organization. But his on-court role has never been lighter. And as he heads toward his mid-30s, Collison admits the idea of eventual retirement is slowly creeping into his head.

“You start to have those thoughts as you get older,” Collison said.

Next season, he’s still expected to have a role. Brooks will still rely on his calming presence during key pockets of the game. Despite more limited use, Collison still had a cumulative plus/minus of plus-328 this season.

And he remains focused on expanding and evolving his game, particularly the corner three, which he feels will help him in his latter NBA days.

“I’m probably never going to be a Ryan Anderson or a guy that’s really just a knock-down shooter,” Collison said. “But I think that with the way the game’s played, with the way coach wants to play, he wants to spread the floor, and if you’re not rolling to the rim, he wants you to be spaced to the 3-point line.”

But entering a contract year toward the back end of his career, Collison’s basketball future has never looked cloudier. This next season is important because he doesn’t know how many more there will be.

“Things change a lot over time in the NBA,” Collison said. “It doesn’t really do a lot of good to worry about or try to make decisions now when it’s a year away. I really won’t know until the end of the year how I feel or what the team will want or what else is out there. It doesn’t really do a lot of good to ask yourself these unanswerable questions.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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