The NBA’s first openly gay player had finished his second 10-day contract, which meant the Nets had to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wanted to keep him.
The Nets have had 10 different players this season score over 20 points in a game, tied for the second-most in the league. 11 different Nets have earned game-high scoring honors.
Jason Collins is staying in Brooklyn for the remainder of the season. According to a report, the Nets will sign the center on Saturday after his 10-day contract expires.
Pierce, wearing protective tape on his shoulder, gutted through 30 minutes on Monday night and, when the game was on the line, he delivered the key stroke.
The “process,” as coach Jason Kidd likes to call it, has brought the Nets to this crucial juncture. A strong performance this week would send a message that Brooklyn belongs with more elite company.
Marcus Thornton scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team and Joe Johnson added 18 points, helping the Brooklyn Nets in a 104-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Kevin Garnett will sit out a fourth straight game because of back spasms Friday when the Brooklyn Nets visit Boston, missing his last trip this season back to his old home.
No matter how well the Nets played in the first half, we crossed our fingers and bit our nails to the bone for the next 12 minutes. Not any more. Unless I just jinxed it.
The Nets signed Collins to a second 10-day contract Wednesday, and he will be in uniform when they host the Memphis Grizzlies.
“I hope (my coming out) encourages other people to live an authentic life — an honest, authentic life — and not be afraid or ashamed to be who they really are in the public eye,” Collins told WFAN’s Marc Malusis.
OK, so it wasn’t their Mount Everest — that would equate to the NBA title this nearly $200 million roster was expected to compete for before a 10-21 start put a damper on things — but I’ll take baby steps.
With the crowd chanting his name, Collins finally entered the game in the waning moments. He played just three minutes, had no points, one rebound and one steal.
They like what he’s done so far. The Brooklyn Nets are apparently so pleased with Jason Collins’ play they reportedly will sign the 35-year-old center to another 10-day contract once his current one runs out Tuesday.
Collins played the final eight minutes of a blowout win. Rarely has he been prouder of a performance. “I got them a bucket,” the Nets center said with a chuckle.
The Nets didn’t take long to put their worst loss in more than 10 years behind them. “We looked fresh after the back-to-back,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said.