Nick Collison lays out path to success 

February, 20, 2012
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Nick Collison, former Kansas All-American and current reserve for the Oklahoma City Thunder, penned one of the best articles I’ve ever read regarding basketball identity. Collison, who makes $3.2 million a year, once made $6.5 million in a season. In his article for GQ Magazine, Collison lays out what it means to create value for yourself as a player. Coaches can preach it until they lose their voices but when a millionaire NBA player reveals the truth, it’s time to listen.

Collison broke down how to stay in the NBA and create value for yourself in a winning franchise. I think his points can be introduced and celebrated on the grassroots level.

[+] EnlargeDirk Nowitzki and Nick Collison
Matthew Emmons/US PresswireNick Collison has made a living in the NBA by doing the little things, like always going after loose balls.
Granted, Collison’s at a place in his life where he’s at a different level than most high school, college and NBA players. Regardless, his thoughts on the game and success ring true. Players can either choose to figure it out now or wind up realizing they missed the boat when it’s too late.

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