Nick Collison has been doing an outstanding job writing for GQ this season. I strongly urge you to check out his posts, regardless of whether you're a Thunder fan. Collison provides valuable and interesting insight into what it really feels like to be part of the NBA experience and to play for an amazing organization.
In his most recent post, "How To Survive in the NBA When You're Not a Superstar," Collison writes:
The hard part [about being a role player] is being able to have the focus to do it over and over again, knowing you aren't going to get a lot of credit. Doing a great job of talking on defense won't get you any high-paying endorsement deals. Nobody is making a YouTube mix of all your badass screens with a Rick Ross track playing over it. (I'm not saying I would complain if someone did this for me.)
Clearly the gauntlet had been thrown, but who would respond to the challenge? Royce Young at Daily Thunder beat us to the punch, but we can still give Royce props for putting in the effort, and of course give Nick props for being an inspiration.
If you want to read all of Collison's blog entries, you can find them here:
- Vol. 1: How I Spent My (Extended) Summer Vacation
- Vol. 2: Daily Life in the NBA, Then and Now
- Vol. 3: The Exquisite Art of Rookie Hazing
- Vol. 4: How To Survive in the NBA When You're Not a Superstar