Jason Collins says his historic journey as the NBA’s first openly gay player has been smooth, with the exception of “one knucklehead on another team” who taunted him about his sexuality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Collins played the final minutes of a winning home debut with the Brooklyn Nets, who cooled off the Chicago Bulls with a 96-80 victory Monday night.
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.
Jason Collins became the NBA’s first openly-gay player when he signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets on February 23, and it looks like he’s here to stay.
All NBA teams have off nights, but few are as feckless as the Nets were Wednesday night in Portland during their 120-84 shellacking.
The NBA’s first openly-gay player was surrounded by a throng of cameras and microphones, and at least for the next week or so, Collins will be the face of the Nets wherever they go.
Collins’ No. 98 jersey rocketed to No. 1 in sales on the league’s official website on its first day available for purchase, NBA senior vice president Vicky Picca said Tuesday.