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.
The GOP strategist’s comments were met with a mix of outrage and bewilderment. One person tweeted, “History will not look kindly upon you Mr. Jack Burkman. Shame on you.”
Old teammate Jason Kidd coaches the team. Collins played with Joe Johnson in Atlanta and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in Boston, and they are now the respected veterans in Brooklyn.
Collins heard his name called early in the second quarter and headed to the scorer’s table to check in. When he walked onto the court, he became the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the United States’ four major pro leagues.
Jason Collins played his first game with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night, becoming the first openly gay active player in the four major U.S. professional sports leagues.
Once again, Boomer and Craig filled their collective obligation and provided an entertaining start to yet another week as only they can.
It is clearly a terrific day for NBA fans who cheer the league for being progressive when it comes to tolerance. However, as a Nets fan, I find it to be another disappointment in a seemingly endless line since their move to Brooklyn.
Collins would become the first openly gay athlete to play in any of North America’s four major team sports.