Former Oklahoma City Thunder player Nick Collison speaks during a ceremony to retire his number, before an NBA basketball game between the Thunder and the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Rob Ferguson)OKLAHOMA CITY — Nick Collison’s No. 4 jersey was retired by the Oklahoma City Thunder during a ceremony before their game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.It’s the first number the Thunder have retired since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Collison out of Kansas in 2003 and he spent his entire 15-year career with the club.ADVERTISEMENT TJ Dillashaw gives up UFC 135-pound title because of drug test Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I used to play with Nick,” Ibaka said. “He was one of the guys who really helped me in my first year in the league, when I was 19. Playing tonight, the same day they’re going to retire his jersey, it’s really special.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Collison averaged only 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for Seattle/Oklahoma City, but played a key role in developing the team’s Oklahoma City culture and became known as “Mr. Thunder.”Mayor David Holt declared Wednesday to be “Nick Collison Day” in Oklahoma City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I could never have expected something like this,” Collison said. “But it’s really a special night for me and my family. It’s been a long run. To be able to have the career I had here and then have a celebration like that, I feel very fortunate. That kind of goes without saying, but it’s amazing for me. It’s a good feeling coming back. I don’t know how to feel for something like this. It’s like nothing can prepare you for it.”Among his former Thunder teammates who attended the ceremony were Kevin Durant of Golden State and Serge Ibaka of the Raptors. Neither were mentioned during Collison’s pregame speech, but current Thunder star Russell Westbrook was. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
1 Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka could leave the club for the right price.Arsenal are desperate for a midfielder in the mould of the £30m-rated Xhaka after Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin’s injuries and the ongoing problems with Jack Wilshere’s fitness, so talkSPORT finds out more about the Switzerland ace…Name: Granit XhakaDate of birth: September 27, 1992 (23 years old)Birthplace: Basel, SwitzerlandPosition: MidfielderClub: Borussia MonchengladbachInternational appearances: 39 Switzerland capsDid you know?1) Former Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld once dubbed Xhaka the “young Schweinsteiger”, while team-mates call him the “young Einstein” due to his intelligence on the field and his love of science off the field.2) Xhaka is a dead-ball specialist and is known for his hammer of a left foot when taking free-kicks.3) Xhaka played alongside Xherdan Shaqiri at Basel and while the Stoke winger went on to play for Bayern Munich and Inter, former Basel coach Thorsten Fink said: “Xherdan Shaqiri is the finest talent in Switzerland – after Granit Xhaka.”4) Xhaka will be at Euro 2016 with Switzerland but will come up against a familiar face in his opening Group A game. The 23-year-old’s older brother Taulant Xhaka will be playing for Albania after opting to represent the country of the pair’s Kosovo-Albanian parents.5) Xhaka has had success throughout the ranks of the Swiss national set-up, winning the under-17 World Cup in 2009 before going on to be part of the under-21 side that finished runners-up in the 2011 European Championship.What’s being said?They say:Granit is one of the best players in the Bundesliga– Monchengladbach’s director of sport Max EberlHe says:“Gladbach are a top club. But if I were someday to go to a top, top, top club, I want to play there”Video evidence: Granit Xhaka