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March 1, 2014 Updates

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

February 25, 2014 Updates

The NBA decided to make Jason Collins' No. 98 jerseys available on Tuesday morning due to high demand, according to a league spokesman. The jersey was available on NBAStore.com and at the NBA Store in Manhattan after the league received hundreds of inquiries for it both online and at the store, according to the spokesman. ESPN.com

Jason Collins fell asleep Saturday night without a team. On Sunday, he became the Nets’ most publicized player, the first openly gay athlete to play in an N.B.A. game, although one on a 10-day contract. On Monday, inquiries by those eager to buy a Nets jersey with Collins’s name started to multiply. On Tuesday, Collins jerseys will go on sale at the N.B.A.’s retail shop in Manhattan and at NBAstore.com. Collins’s jersey number of choice is 98, in honor of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student from Wyoming who was murdered in 1998. But on Sunday, when the Nets acted quickly to get Collins in uniform for a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, they had to resort to a generic jersey the team travels with in case of emergencies. New York Times

Mark Cuban vehemently let the world know Monday night how he feels about Jason Collins becoming the first openly gay player to participate in one of the four major professional sports in the United States. “I don’t [care] about a guy’s sexuality,” the Dallas Mavericks’ owner said. “Period. End of story.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Guard Devin Harris said that Collins’ contributions on the basketball court should be the focus over what he does off the court. “He’s still solid in what he does — hard fouls, rebounding, things that he’s been doing his whole career,” Harris said. “It just happens to be that he’s gay. “But I think he’s still a great person and obviously a good basketball player.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Two years after Linsanity, the month that took him to dizzying heights never before reached by an Asian American player in the NBA, Jeremy Lin offered his perspective on Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the four major American professional team sports. "I think it's definitely a big step," Lin said after the Houston Rockets' morning shootaround before their game at the Phoenix Suns. "The game is evolving. You see a lot of different people breaking barriers in a lot of different ways. This is just another one of those." ESPN.com

February 24, 2014 Updates

Q: When did you first start having the discussions about signing Jason Collins? Billy King: "When we were putting the team together at the beginning of the season, and we needed bigs, Jason (Kidd) brought his name up, and then when we signed other guys there was not a need. Then as we were going throughout the season, Jason talked about our interior defense. When Kevin (Garnett) is out there he’s our anchor, and when he’s out, we have Mason Plumlee, who’s a rookie and he gets a lot of quick fouls, and then some of our other guys are not as good interior defenders. So, we’ve been looking for someone, and Jason (Collins)’s name had always surfaced there. We tried to do it via the trade at the deadline and couldn’t get that done. Knowing on this trip that we have a back-to-back with LA, and KG most likely may not play, the goal was that we may need to bring someone in, and with Jason being in LA, we had worked him out during the All-Star break, it was the right time and the right fit for us." NetsDaily

"But, from our standpoint, we made a basketball decision. Obviously people will say it was marketing, but we needed a basketball player. If and when we decided to sign him, in that game last night Mason (Plumlee) picked up two fouls, (Andray) Blatche picked up two fouls, and we weren’t able to stop (Pau) Gasol inside. And Jason (Collins) was able to come in and do that. So, that was the decision, we needed some interior defense. We were hoping, we tried to get Glen "Big Baby" Davis when he became a free agent, but he chose to go to the Clippers, and once he did we went with Jason." NetsDaily

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