(Eds: With AP Photos.) By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer Jason Collins has been compared to Jackie Robinson. And Neil Armstrong.
True pioneer? Not exactly.
Now that we've had a few days to reflect on what it means for Collins to come out as gay, it's time to recognize what this really was - a significant step, to be sure, but hardly a slam-dunk leap toward an equal playing field.
To be clear, I'm pulling hard for Collins to be on an NBA roster next season, to get a chance to show all the doubters and nay-sayers that a gay man can be just another guy in a pro sports locker room.
But even if Collins does land another contract - hardly a sure thing, given he's a 34-year-old journeyman center who barely played this season for the woeful Washington Wizards and is now a free agent - I'm not convinced this will be as groundbreaking as so many are making it out to be.
For starters, anyone who plays with Collins will have a whole summer to prepare for the inevit...