After announcing to the world that he was gay, Jason Collins waited almost a year to play in an NBA game once again. Collins was recently signed to a 10-day contract today by the Brooklyn Nets, and the team did not waste much time to get him suited up as he was granted 10 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers. Brooklyn won the game by a score of 108-102, snapping their 11-game losing streak when facing off against the Lakers.
Collins was held scoreless, but he was successful in clogging the paint as he has done his entire career. The Nets were in desperate need of a backup big man since Reggie Evans was recently traded and Kevin Garnett has been given nights off for rest. After the team was rumored to be interested in signing Glen Davis off waivers, Brooklyn eventually decided in favor of Collins when Davis signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.
This was certainly a historic day for Collins as he is the first openly gay player to ever play in an NBA game. Even Lakers fans gave Collins a huge ovation mainly because most people were rooting for him to get back on the hardwood. Collins seems to be a good guy that should not be judged solely based on his sexual orientation. Having him back in the league, even if it’s only for 10 days, should inspire others to do what’s best for themselves.
Collins is most likely to receive another contract after this 10-day deal, possibly even for the remainder of this season. Before being known as the first openly gay player, Collins was primarily known for doing the little things that many other players do not. He will play an important role moving forward for Brooklyn. He is going to have to keep doing what he does best — guarding the opposition’s big men.