The Brooklyn Nets must come to a tough decision regarding their newly signed foul-prone big man Jason Collins.
From a basketball standpoint, the decision is an easy one. He has done nothing to improve their roster since he arrived except use up a ton of fouls. He has provided no scoring, little defense and minimal rebounding. He seems to have fit it well with the rest of the team, but will his contributions really be missed if he wasn’t signed for a second contract?
From a public relations standpoint, the Nets will make a huge mistake by not re-signing him to another 10-day contract. His presence has been a win-win for all parties involved in this historical signing. The NBA has been a winner because they are the first major sport to have an openly gay player play in their league. The Nets are winners because he has kept the team trending in all major media outlets while drawing a huge fan base for a visiting team. He gets an ovation when he checks into game for the first and the Nets are loving this.
Collins wins because he proved that no matter your personal choices, if you accept who you are and are comfortable with your own decisions, then nothing can tear you down. He has the No. 1 selling jersey in the NBA and by the time he walks away from the game, there will be so many post NBA jobs available to him.
Now, the Nets have to pick their poison. Do they sign a player that has given them nothing, or do they run the risk of media, fan and activist backlash? If the Nets decide to cut him, the census will be that they signed him for publicity. The Nets have became the worlds favorite team for 10-days and if they are smart, they will keep this outpouring of love going for as long as they can.
Billy King and Jason Kidd will have to sit down and figure out which direction to go. The Nets still need a big man to spell Kevin Garnett and Andray Blatche when they get tired. Every team needs a feel good story and the Nets have the best one in sports right now. You just can’t let that go after 10 days.