OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder is set to retire Nick Collison’s No. 4 Wednesday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Collison announced his retirement last spring after 15 years with the Thunder.
“My goal was always to make a career out of basketball, and I was blessed to be in the NBA for 15 seasons,” said Collison. “As my time as a basketball player comes to an end, I’m so grateful for my family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans, my hometown, Kansas University, the Thunder organization and everyone else who has helped me along the way. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. It has been an incredible journey that I’m proud of, and it would not have been possible to do it on my own.”
His No. 4 will be the first number retired by the Thunder.
“Nick Collison’s career in Oklahoma City was unique. Unique in that he helped create the internal standards for work ethic, selflessness, citizenship and professionalism for an organization that was starting from scratch. Unique in that as a role player, he embedded himself as a legacy player for the Thunder because of his consistency both in times of success and adversity and respect for his teammates and the organization,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. “It is fitting that Nick will continue his unique and singular relationship with the organization by being our first retired number.”
There will be a pregame ceremony Wednesday evening honoring Collison before the Thunder takes on the Toronto Raptors at the Peake at 8:30 p.m.