NEW YORK (WFAN) — Jason Collins was happy to finally suit up in Brooklyn after making history more than a week ago as the NBA’s first openly gay active player.
But his Barclays Center debut would have to wait another 45 minutes.
Collins finally got the call from Nets coach Jason Kidd with 2:41 remaining in Monday night’s 96-80 win over the Chicago Bulls. He received a standing ovation from the 17,000-plus fans in attendance and got to work doing what he does best — fouling opposing players.
“The fans have been great. It’s been really special being back,” Collins told WFAN’s Marc Malusis on Tuesday. “And I’m very proud to say that I’m playing for the Brooklyn Nets.”