Nick Collison — Thunder fan favorite and worldwide hair icon — has retired after 14 seasons in the NBA. Despite the news carrying no real shock value, social media lit up with reactions to Hair Jordan’s farewell.
Below is a collection of the most notable from around the NBA and beyond. This will be updated if anything remarkable rolls in over the course of the evening.
Today I’m retiring from the NBA after 15 seasons. There have been so many people in Iowa Falls, Lawrence, Seattle, and OKC that have helped me along the way. I can’t really find words to say to my family here so I wont try. I will do my best to let all these people know how much I appreciate them. I love my teammates. I will miss the moments with them most. Thank you to the fans that have supported me and our teams all these years. I got to feel the love for a long time. I am grateful. It’s my time to go. I got to be here for a long time. I’m looking forward to what comes next. THANK YOU!
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) May 10, 2018
— City of OKC (@cityofokc) May 10, 2018
What a journey.
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) May 10, 2018
Really haven’t been around another player that exemplified class and professionalism like Nick Collison. A player, and a person, I truly admire.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 10, 2018
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 10, 2018
Congrats on 15 yrs of solidarity Big brotha. You always came to work, put it all on the line, knew just to say when I was bugging TF out or when any of us needed to hear it, and we dominated 3 on 3 post practice and on off days lol. 15 years in one organization says a lot about you Champ, Love always ✊????????????❤️????
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success. And happy to have enjoyed yours as a man, a father, a role model. Proud of you and love you man-congrats on this part of your journey https://t.co/8wDumOxtR9
— Brent Barry (@Barryathree) May 10, 2018
One of my favorite teammates, it was an honor going to battle with Nick. It was a blessing watching him grow as a player and become a great father. He left his mark on many…continued blessings in lifes next chapter Mr. Thunder.???????? https://t.co/CCjFtc5C4k
— Antonio Daniels (@adaniels33) May 10, 2018
Heck of a run @nickcollison4 ! Sure even more success in the next chapter. Respect!
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) May 10, 2018
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 10, 2018
— Greg Anthony (@GregAnthony50) May 10, 2018
Huge congrats to My Vet @nickcollison4 on announcing his retirement to an amazing career! Your leadership is unforgettable!
— PJ Dozier (@Dozier_Kid) May 10, 2018
— Sportstoons (@sportstoons) May 10, 2018
Congrats on a great NBA career to one of my favorite WR's during 2011 NFL lockout workouts at UW.
— Matthew Hasselbeck (@Hasselbeck) May 10, 2018
Congrats Dirty! https://t.co/ytvi6LbUQe
— Doug McDermott (@dougmcdermott) May 10, 2018
Former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins talked about Nick Collison’s retirement today after the Cavs’ practice. Here’s some of what he had to say: pic.twitter.com/ebKIkLaswT
— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) May 10, 2018
Congrats to @nickcollison4, who cared about all the right stuff and had a wonderful career.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 10, 2018
Nick Collison with 15 years with 1 franchise, no All-Star appearance and earned $60 million. Good for him
— Herb Lawrence (@Ecnerwal23) May 10, 2018
Great read! Proud to be a teammate of his for 3 years!! https://t.co/PZrnPzrz5W
— Jeff Boschee ???? (@JeffBoschee) May 10, 2018
What a great run it's been, Mr. Thunder. Thank you for all you do for OKC! pic.twitter.com/0ffA9STNQ2
— Positive Tomorrows (@ptokc) May 10, 2018
In honor of Nick Collison, I’m going to step in front of a stranger today and fundamentally take a charge.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 10, 2018
Here for the transition from Mr. Thunder to Coach Collison. That’s when titles start being won.
— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) May 10, 2018
I wanted to take time to give a special shoutout to 1 of my top 5 favorite team mates of my NBA career and that’s @nicholascollison You are a real 1 on and off the court, a true professional and the definition of a true team mate. Speaks volumes that 1 organization @okcthunder Thunder kept you throughout your long great career. Wish you the best my brother in your next Chapter in life. Love My Boy. Brothers for life????????????
And one more for the comments section:
Nick Collison finished his nice career with 69 double doubles
— Playoff J (@LatvianMissile) May 10, 2018