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Deron Williams admits signing Jason Collins would be a ‘media circus’

Feb 22, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

NBA player Jason Collins marches in the Gay Pride Parade in Boston Reuters

The Nets are reportedly considering signing Jason Collins to a 10-day contract, though they’d like to see how things shake out with Glen Davis first before going down that road.

Collins hasn’t played since last season, but made headlines by coming out as gay once his team was eliminated from postseason contention. It was a brave public gesture, but he’s remain unemployed ever since.

Nets players were asked about the potential addition of Collins to their locker room, and they all seemed completely fine with it — though Deron Williams did acknowledge the additional media attention that signing Collins would bring.

From Rod Boone of Newsday:

“We would accept it greatly and it shouldn’t be a problem, man,” Joe Johnson said Friday as the Nets (25-27) prepared to take on the Warriors (33-22) Saturday night. “We’ve got a veteran group and I think everybody is pretty comfortable in their own skin. It’s about what he can do to help us out there on that court. That’s what it’s about.” …

“I think it’s definitely going to be a media circus just because of the situation,” Williams said. “It’d be a historic day and so we definitely have to deal with that. But I think with the type of team that we have, veterans who have played with him before and know him, it shouldn’t be a problem.” …

“It’s not him being a distraction,” Williams said. “It’s just the media coming along with it, because every city you go to, it’s not just like you answer a question once and then it’s over with. It’s a recurring thing. But like I said, I don’t think it would be a problem for us.”

The Nets play in one of the largest media markets there is, and there couldn’t possibly be more people that show up for the team’s biggest games. Collins would be a fringe player who rarely saw game action if he did sign, so his presence around the team in relation to his on-court role would be minimal, at best.

It would be nice to see Collins get a shot with someone this season, if for no other reason than to begin to break down some societal walls. But the reality is that if he could truly contribute to a team at this late stage of his career, his personal life wouldn’t matter — he’d have already been signed.

  1. bhunter1995 - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Jason Collins is terrible, there are plenty of guys who are better then he is who are either free agents or D League players. If they sign him the only things they will get will be 1 PPG, 2 RPG and the attention of every media outlet in the country. His production isn’t worth the media circus and there are plenty of bigs in free agency that are better then this man.

    • gameisours - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Came here to say this.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Well, to be honest, it’s not like there’s a whole lot of quality players sitting around at this juncture of the season. Especially ones that have chemistry with your current players (both the Nets and the new guys from Boston).

      Johan Petro
      Joel Pryzbilla
      Patrick O’Bryant
      Kwame Brown
      Marcus Camby
      Fab Melo
      DJ White
      Kurt Thomas
      Glen Davis
      Royce White
      Brian Cook
      Earl Clark
      Tyrus Thomas

      That’s the cream of the crop right now. Earl Clark is probably the next best one after Davis. He’s too much of a tweener though for what BKN needs.

      • mackcarrington - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        @ asimon:
        If that’s the “cream of the crop”, than that is some sour cream.
        My god, what a sorry bunch. Out of those i would probably take G. Davis.

      • borderline1988 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        No affront to Jason Collins, but the guy hasn’t averaged more than 2ppg since 2007/08, has a career FG% of .41 (which is awful for a 7-footer), and hasn’t averaged more than 2.4 rbg since 2006/07.

        I don’t understand what use he’d be for any roster. For that sort of productivity, why wouldn’t you sign a younger player? It’s not like the Nets are in need of mature veterans, they have enough of them already

    • sw19womble - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Collins’ game is to foul and spoil. He’s not in there to score – just foul out.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      How many are available who are 7’0 260? Size still matters in this sport.

  2. pfic15 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Sign Baby….avoid the circus. Younger, more talented.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Assuming Davis wants to go to Brooklyn.

  3. luz56 - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Still amazes me that well spoken thought out comments don’t get posted because it is in disagreement with the writers at NBC….Yet spunhead73 can spew his vile comments…

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      His comments are gone. You vastly overestimate how much I care what you think and if you agree with me, but if your comments are filled with hate (toward anyone, including other commenters) they are gone.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        Ain’t no time to hate (even a pea brain).

  4. deadeyedesign23 - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    You know whats a circus? This 200 million dollar payroll battling to make the playoffs.

  5. spunhead73 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    @luz- My comments aren’t vile,they are the truth. If you don’t like it,don’t read the comments.

    • phaden27 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      That “don’t read the comments” line doesn’t work when you decide to spew vitriol towards a group of human beings. Look no one has to dispute what you think is true as long as you don’t look like a total jagoff while you say it. Better yet, keep it to yourself.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Your comments are now gone.

  6. chicagocane - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    its already a circus…just a boring one. Ooooo Come see the fat point guard who is content to be paid and has become really bad!!! Poor KG…my condolences.

  7. sportsnut101 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    dwilliams needs to worry about playing better then jason collins cause hes awful for what hes getting paid

    his backup is outplaying him shaun livingston on min salary what a disgrace williams has become

    remember when they thought williams was better then cp3 well good thing it was just a thought cause hes fallen off

    i bet nets wish they would of took rockets offer of lin n asik n a pick for williams they would have same production and pickup a really good big man
    no1 goes to nets game to see dwill

  8. cfos00 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Yeah, because signing the gay guy is really a distraction to the most expensive dumpster fire in the league. That would be what would keep them from winning a championship. It’d be the media distractions, not the washed up, highly paid point guard/power forward/shooting guard/terrible coach. Clearly it would be the distraction of a gay player.

  9. luz56 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Phaden27… Well said!!

  10. hahapapa - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Williams will make it a circus.

  11. Kevin S. - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    There’s a real easy way to prevent it from being a circus – just be boring. The Patriots were employing a damn serial killer, and it didn’t affect their season because they refused to take the media bait. Just default to talking about Collins’ professionalism and team-first attitude, and the media will realize they’re wasting their time and move on. There’s too much respect for Collins in that locker room for it to become an internal disruption, and it only becomes and external one if the Nets’ let it.

  12. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    The circus is already in town. Collins would just be another clown.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:56 PM


      • jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        Maybe he likes Kosher pizza. Not that there’s anything wrong with that except it’s not that good.

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