For the first time in the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise history, a number will be retired. It’s not Kevin Durant, not Russell Westbrook, not even James Harden. Instead, it’s career-reserve Nick Collison.
Collison spent his entire 14-year career with the organization, beginning with their days as the Seattle Supersonics. Nicknamed ‘Mr. Thunder’, Collison will see his No. 4 go into the rafters when Oklahoma City hosts the Toronto Raptors on March 20. The team announced the decision to retire Collison’s jersey on its Twitter account, with some help from Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost, who said this was a “long time coming.”
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 12, 2019
Collison’s No. 4 will be the first number retired by the Thunder (Oklahoma City era).
Owner Clay Bennett: “I am thrilled that Nick Collison will be the first Thunder player to have their number retired in Oklahoma City.”
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 12, 2019