The Brooklyn Nets confronted a media typhoon once they signed Jason Collins, the primary openly gay athlete to play in one of many four major U.S. sports leagues. There was a priority in some circles that may show to be too much of a distraction. However with Collins' 10-day contract set to run out subsequent week, the New York Post reviews that the Nets are probably retaining Collins not merely for an additional 10-day but for the rest of the season.
In his second game with the Nets, Jason Collins, the primary openly homosexual participant in main American sports activities, obtained a number of more minutes in opposition to the Blazers. After sitting for the primary three quarters, Collins got here in to start the fourth and performed simply over seven minutes, with his lone contribution on the stat line being one shot attempt that acquired blocked.
“Game action is recreation action,” Collins stated afterward. “However tonight, Portland attacked from the beginning, and it was arduous to try to get back into the sport.”
Collins' 10-day contract expires early next week, but the Nets are all but certain to maintain him for the remainder of the season.
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There'll nonetheless be speculation that the decision to convey Collins on is more about PR than it is about basketball. However the options for the Nets to discover a higher match by way of locker room presence, no matter his sexuality, and on-courtroom skillset are restricted. Collins being re-signed would be a superb factor for the league and keep away from the perception that Collins was reduce on account of his being a distraction.
We'll see what the Nets resolve subsequent week.