Nick Collison said the Thunder’s current misfortune should make his teammates appreciate their previous success, whether it was in college or the pros. But the adjustment to losing, Collison said, takes time.
"There’s a huge adjustment,” said Collison, whose Kansas Jayhawks teams went 113-29 during his four seasons. "If you lose a game in college, it was so rare. Plus, there’s so fewer games that it’s harder to get over losses just because they don’t happen as often.
"Here, you have to be able to play the next night. You can’t let a loss affect you the next night. I think that was a tough adjustment, to not let what happened in the past affect your confidence or performance the next night.”
Players have handled the losing different ways. Durant said he takes solace in encouragement from friends on other teams and the hard work he sees the team putting in in practice. Collison said he essentially leaves the job at the office.
"The best thing I think to do is when you’re away from the game, be completely away from it and try not to think about it or talk about it because it can wear on you,” Collison said. "You can’t let it consume your whole life, otherwise you won’t be happy and you won’t play well. Some days are better than others, but I definitely play better when I’m able to let it go.”
Said Durant: "It’s always tough to lose no matter where you come from. You always want to win in everything you do. And for us to lose, especially the way we’re losing, is tough. Guys are tired of it.”