NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — They like what he’s done so far.
The Brooklyn Nets are apparently so pleased with Jason Collins’ play they will sign the 35-year-old center to another 10-day contract once his current one runs out on Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday.
Collins, a 7-footer who is the first openly gay player in the NBA, is averaging 8:30 of playing time and has provided a physical presence down low in his four games since signing his first 10-day contract.
The Nets (28-29) have won three of four overall and are now four games behind first-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division.
Collins, who is in his 12th season, will play his first game in Brooklyn on Monday night when the Nets take on the Chicago Bulls. He said recently he knows his role with the team, and after sitting out all season he’s thrilled to contribute in any way possible.
“I’m back playing basketball, so of course I’m enjoying this,” he said, according to the Associated Press.
As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, numerous fans turned out that Barclays Center Monday night in support of Collins – not because he is the first openly gay NBA player, but because he could help the team.