Basketball legend Nick Collison, who helped lead Kansas to the 2003 National Championship game, will be taking on a new challenge as he will become the Special Assistant to Oklahoma City Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti, according to a press release on Tuesday.
"In his new role, Collision will continue to enhance his front-office acumen," the release read via au online casino
, "while working closely with Presti and other key front office personnel on short-term and long-range initiatives and projects for the Thunder across many facets of basketball operations."
Before this new move, Collison spent two campaigns as the basketball operations representative for the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his reign in that position, he was able to develop his knowledge of basketball operations-related matters following his 14-season professional career.
Although that job description might not be too clear, his job will certainly see him working more with Presti, who is regarded as one of the NBA's better general managers.
The OKC has many multiple former players in their front office as well as the coaching staff, which includes their G League general manager Nazr Mohammed and player development coach Eric Maynor.
Collison was drafted out of Kansas by the Seattle Supersonics, which came to be the OKC, with the 12th-overall pick back in 2003. He spent all 14 seasons of his career with the organization and ended up registering 910 games (177 starts) and totalled 5,359 points, 4701 rebounds and 939 assists in his career in the NBA.
He averaged 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and he was a fan favourite of the OKC, who dubbed him the 'Mr. Thunder."
His best season could be considered the 2007/08 campaign when the player averaged 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds in 78 games (35 starts) and was able to shoot 50.2 per cent from the field.
In 2018, Collison started his leadership role with the franchise following his retirement that same year. In 2019, the player was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 2019. In March 2019, Oklahoma City Thunder retired his No. 4 jersey, making him the first player to have his jersey retired by the franchise since it moved to Oklahoma.
"Nick Collison's career in Oklahoma City was unique," began Presti at the time via casino francais en ligne
. "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."
Presti added: "It is fitting that Nick will continue his unique and singular relationship with the organization by being our first retired number."
The same March Collison had his jersey retired, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt declared March 20, 2019, as "Nick Collison Day."
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