The Brooklyn Nets have just signed Jason Collins to his second 10-day contract with the team. Collins made history last month when he signed his first 10-day contract with the Nets, making him the first openly gay player in any of the four major sports. For Collins, the homosexual community, the NBA and the entire world, it was a step in the right direction. Now Collins has taken another step with his second contract. The signing also comes after the announcement that Kevin Garnett will miss a third straight game due to his back.
For the Nets, signing Collins has been nothing but a positive. Not only do they get some extra insurance in the frontcourt with Brook Lopez out and Garnett hurting, but they also helped fight discrimination. I’d like to also point out that since signing Collins, the Nets are 4-1 and are a game back of the Washington Wizards for fifth place in the East.
I understand why Brooklyn has given a second 10-day contract to Collins. At the age of 35, he isn’t exactly getting younger and the Nets already have the highest payroll in the league. By now, the homosexuality factor is no longer a concern for the organization as the first 10 days seem to have gone rather well. The concern is stemming from age and costs factors, but with a frontcourt that could use a little extra help, Collins is a viable option.
At this point, I doubt that the Nets would let Collins go. It would be kind of mean to give a man two 10-day contracts and then say “sorry, but you’re out.” Plus, his No. 98 jersey is currently the best seller in the NBA. From winning and marketing standpoints, Collins is nothing but a positive, and if the team keeps winning, then popularity will continue to grow.
I expect Brooklyn to retain Collins through this season and the playoffs, but as far as next season is concerned, I don’t know. Collins will most likely be out of a job and either looking or retiring. Whatever next season may bring does not matter, because Collins is living in the moment and he has solidified his legacy.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.