HoopsHype Jason Collins rumors

March 8, 2014 Updates

“One hundred percent supportive,” Collins told a gathering of media types yesterday at the Garden, before his team’s game against the Celtics. “Everyone’s been supportive.” And then, to better illustrate the limited shelf life of this story, he scanned the size of the media contingent and said, “Mainly it’s the size of this. Now it’s 10. It started out as 40. So the size is going down.” Boston Herald

March 5, 2014 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets have signed center Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract, General Manager Billy King announced today. Collins, who signed his first 10-day contract on February 23, has appeared in five games for the Nets, totaling three points and five rebounds in 36 minutes. NBA.com

March 4, 2014 Updates

Collins signed his original deal on Feb. 23 and it expires Tuesday. The Nets then will re-sign him for another 10 days on Wednesday, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the plans haven't been made public. After that expires, the Nets would have to sign him for the rest of the season if they wanted to keep him. Collins sat at the end of the bench for most of the game while the Nets built a series of comfortable leads, making the only intrigue down the stretch whether the 12-year veteran would get in during his first home appearance for the Nets since Jan. 29, 2008, against Milwaukee in East Rutherford, N.J. USA Today Sports

A chant of "Jason Collins! Jason Collins!" broke out while Deron Williams was shooting a free throw with the Nets leading 90-73 with 3:27 remaining. Fans finally got their wish less than a minute later — though not because coach Jason Kidd was listening to them. "No, the game was out of hand, so I wanted to get those guys some rest," Kidd said. "D-Will was shooting free throws. Couldn't put Twin in at that time, so I told him after the free throws that he would come in." USA Today Sports

March 3, 2014 Updates
March 2, 2014 Updates

The NBA will donate proceeds from the sale of Jason Collins jerseys to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the league announced Friday night. The league said donations will total no less than $100,000. The NBA also will auction off Collins' game-worn, autographed jerseys to benefit the same organizations. ESPN.com

Collins said he spoke Friday with Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, who announced before the NFL scouting combine that he was gay. "He's a great young kid," Collins said. "Obviously the focus right now for him is to keep training, keep working hard and get ready for his pro day." Collins said he tries to guard his private life as much as he can. "But at the same time you're sort of in a special situation," he said, "where you want to live your life in an authentic, honest way. That's why I chose to come out on my own terms and chose the way that I did it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Same-sex marriages are being legalized in more states and Collins said he is in full support of that movement. "I realize there are fights in different courtrooms and different jurisdictions, different states," Collins said. "But I think ultimately, as a country, we need to move forward. "Marriage equality for everyone and move forward." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

March 1, 2014 Updates

For years as he chased his dream, shooting hoops and racing up and down the court, professional basketball player Jason Collins wore the No. 98 jersey. It was a personal gesture, a way of remembering Matthew Shepard, a gay college student whose own dreams were ended in 1998, when he died after being tied to a fence post, beaten and tortured. But when Collins came out as the first openly gay NBA player in history, that number suddenly took on a broader significance. "I've grown so much as an individual, I've come across so many great people, great organizations, heard so many great stories, inspiring stories," Collins said, adding "... it's nice to have a positive impact on someone's else's life, and I feel like with my actions that I've had a positive impact on someone's else's life." CNN.com

"I've met some other athletes who sort of are in the same position as I am, and we're sort of like a fraternity just trying to help each other, just trying to, uh, keep inspiring each other, whether it be Robbie Rogers or Michael Sam, the list goes on and on," Collins told Nichols of Rogers, an openly gay soccer player, and Sam, an openly gay NFL prospect. "So many great athletes I've met along my journey. And it's really great to, you know, hear each other's stories and keep, you know, inspiring each other (out here)." When she visited Collins in Denver, Shepard's mother, Judy, gave the basketball player some words of encouragement. "... Her message was like, 'let the haters hate.' Just keep ... living your life and keep going out there and being yourself," Collins said. CNN.com

After a week of surprising demand at the NBA Store and online, the NBA announced Friday that all proceeds from its sales of Jason Collins No. 98 jerseys will be donated to two charities supported by the Nets center. Collins says he is "thrilled" to help the organizations. Here's the announcement.. The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that it will donate all proceeds - not to be less than $100,000 - from the sale of Jason Collins Brooklyn Nets jerseys to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. In addition, the league will auction off Collins' autographed, game-worn jerseys to benefit the same organizations. NetsDaily

February 28, 2014 Updates

Jason Collins had plenty of gifts for Matthew Shepard's parents: a basket, a blowout, an autographed No. 98 jersey that he wears in honor of their son. They also shared some laughs. Collins played the final eight minutes of the Brooklyn Nets' 112-89 romp over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night, and although his three points and four fouls weren't much to look at in the boxscore, rarely has the 35-year-old center been this proud of a performance. "I got them a bucket," the center said. Oklahoman

February 27, 2014 Updates
February 26, 2014 Updates

Jason Collins didn’t even have to wear his No. 98 jersey for it to become a hot commodity. According to a league spokesperson, Collins’ jersey was the top seller at the NBA Store and its website on Tuesday, the first day it was made available. Collins wears the No. 98 as a tribute to Matthew Shepard, who was brutally murdered in a gay hate crime in 1998. Collins has said it’s a symbolic and important number in the gay community, and his lone gesture of solidarity as he tries to keep the focus on basketball. New York Daily News

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