Originally written on Brooklyn Balling  |  Last updated 8/27/13
Collins was on the Nets from 2001 until 2008, and appeared in both the 01-02 and 02-03 Finals vs the Lakers and Spurs, respectively NBA veteran power forward Jason Collins has spent his career as a mostly under-the-radar player, as his style consists of him doing his job on the court quietly and effectively, without filling up many categories on the stat sheet or many newspapers back pages. But he blew that reputation out of the water last April when he came out as gay, in a front-page Sports Illustrated story, making him the first openly-homosexual active player in major American professional sports. The news was headline stuff for what seemed like ages. And now he's looking to continue his basketball career with a new team, as his contract with the Washington Wizards, the team he finished the 2012-13 season with, expired back in July. The Brooklyn Nets, of whom Collins was a member for eight seasons in New Jersey, were interested in signing Collins to an exten...
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