Former Kansas standout Nick Collison might be playing his final season in the NBA, and he received a great deal of praise from none other than reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook Wednesday night.
Collison has spent his entire career with the Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise, and has been a stalwart role player. He lived through the Kevin Durant-Westbrook-James Harden triumvirate and made a finals with the Thunder. On Wednesday, as Westbrook addressed the crowd after averaging a triple-double for the second straight year, Collison received a shoutout from his mercurial teammate.
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“I’d like to bring up my friend, my mentor, my brother Nick Collison,” Westbrook said. “He’s somebody I always looked up to, and it’s a real pleasure to have him here. I’m not sure if it’s his last season or not, but he’s somebody I’ve always looked up to as a brother, and he’s done so much for me and this organization.”
This is Collison’s 14th year in the NBA, and he’s 37 years old. In the twilight of his career, it’s undoubtedly cool for him to hear an MVP like Westbrook give him a shoutout for his leadership and teamwork. It’s also a testament to the program at Kansas, and how Jayhawks young and old have been able to fit in in the NBA.