HoopsHype Jason Collins rumors

March 21, 2014 Updates

Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins revealed Thursday that he has heard negative comments from another player during a game. Collins, the NBA's first active openly gay player, would not reveal the identity of the player or the team he plays for. He told ESPNNewYork.com that he did not react to the comments while on the court. ESPN.com

"There's no need to even engage in a conversation with him at that point," Collins said. "In the flow of the game, you have emotions going. It goes back to controlling what I can control -- having self control and having the discipline to recognize it for what it is and keep the focus on the game. "We're all human. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. You hope that if someone has a negative opinion, that they would keep it to themselves. But at the same time, I understand that in the NBA, we're a bunch of individuals and this is America and everyone's entitled to their opinion." ESPN.com

March 20, 2014 Updates
March 15, 2014 Updates

While Collins was still technically a Wizard when he came out, he was on the verge of entering free agency. Fan and media speculation through much of the offseason centered on what impact he’d have on a roster — on the entire league, really — when a team eventually signed him. But since the Nets offered an initial 10-day contract last month, and after a flurry of attention, Collins has largely become just another contributor off the bench. His sexuality largely feels like a non-issue. “It shouldn’t be,” Webster said. “I don’t understand. Somebody comes out and says he’s gay — I don’t see why that would be a big problem. Who cares? It’s not a problem for me. I guess I can say I’m proud of him, but it shouldn’t even be a big deal. If he’s happy, I’m happy.” Washington Post

March 14, 2014 Updates
March 13, 2014 Updates

Former NBA player and Stanford standout Jarron Collins joined me for an interview on the radio show (12-3p on 750-AM) to talk NCAA basketball, NBA's playoff race, and his twin brother, Jason, who is the first openly gay player in the league. "I'm very proud of my brother," Jarron said. "I had no idea he was in the closet for so long. When I found out I was definitely surprised when he told me. Then again, it's all about acceptance and love. That's my brother and I'm going to support him." Oregonian

March 11, 2014 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets will sign center Jason Collins for the remainder of the season on Saturday according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Nets, who feel they're getting everything they expected from Collins when they signed him for frontcourt depth Feb. 23, are already operating under the premise that the 34-year-old will finish the season with them even though his second 10-day deal doesn't expire until Friday. Sources say that the internal expectation all along was that Collins would be a Net for the rest of the season, from the moment he signed his first 10-day deal, as long he proved that could still be an effective defender, which he did immediately. ESPN.com

March 8, 2014 Updates

The phone eventually did ring, and that’s when Jason Collins, playing for the Brooklyn Nets, became the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the four major sports leagues. It was a history-making event for one news cycle, and then we returned to regularly scheduled programming: Except for the occasional crank, nobody much cares that Collins is gay. Boston Herald

So you’re 35, your skills are limited and specific, there’s all this buzz and speculation going on, and you have to block it all out and prepare yourself for a team that may never call and a game that will never be played. “I never really thought along those lines,” he said. “As a professional, you always have to stay ready. ... You never know when that opportunity’s going to come, and when it does come you have to be ready.” Collins understands he needs to address the gay thing in every city he plays. He’s OK with it, though he indicated yesterday that by now there’s a sameness to the questions. Except that there was a bit of local news yesterday: Though Collins said he had no plans to come out during his time with the Celtics, it was while he was in Boston that he was made aware of then-Celtics coach Doc Rivers’ feelings about having an openly gay player. Boston Herald

“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

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