Former College Basketball Star Announces Retirement From NBA

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 25: A general view of action as the San Antonio Spurs play the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 25, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

A former collegiate basketball star is walking away from the NBA. Nick Collison, a former first round pick from the 2003 NBA draft, announced his retirement from the game earlier Thursday afternoon.

Collison has the rare distinction of playing his entire career for one NBA franchise, albeit that franchise moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008.

He was a part of the legendary draft class that brought LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh into the league.

Collison revealed his decision to retire in a piece for ESPN.

I’ve played with some incredible players, future Hall of Famers, and had the unique experience of spending my entire career with one franchise, but in two different cities.

I started in cold gyms in small towns in Iowa and ended up playing in more than 1,000 games over 15 years in the best league in the world. I’ve had an incredible run. I’m proud of my career.

But it’s time to go. I’m retiring from competitive basketball.

The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Collison with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2003 draft and he spent 15 seasons with the organization.

Collison appeared in two Final Fours during his time at Kansas, losing in the national championship game to Anthony and Syracuse in 2003. He left the Jayhawks as one of the school’s most-decorated players and was named national college player of year in 2003.