Feb 23, 2014, 8:18 PM EST
Jason Collins met with the media in Los Angeles before his Nets faced the Lakers on Sunday, just hours after his signing to a 10-day contract with Brooklyn became official.
Collins answered questions for several minutes, though many of his comments were unremarkable, just as his story one day hopes to be.
The discussion overall was more about his return to basketball after essentially being 10 months removed from being a part of an NBA roster, and how he will navigate that road instead of the one he’s traveling as the first openly gay member of a major professional sports franchise.
Collins did, however, have a message for other athletes who may find themselves dealing with a challenging set of circumstances.
“My message to other athletes is to be yourself,” Collins said. “Be your true authentic self, and never be afraid to be your authentic self.”
The entire press conference with Collins from Staples Center can be seen in the video clip above.
- It’s official: Zach LaVine, Greek Freak Antetokounmpo headline All-Star Dunk Contest 9
- Report: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson to participate in All-Star weekend’s Three-Point Contest 8
- Three Things We Learned from NBA Monday: Is it time to mention Anthony Davis with LeBron and Durant? 33
- PBT Extra: Who should be the All-Star Game reserves? 16
- Report: Kobe Bryant “definitively coming back to play next season” 30
- Kemba Walker to have knee surgery; Hornets looking at trades for depth while he is out 6
- Kobe Bryant to have surgery on shoulder, is done for season 10
- PBT’s Weekly NBA Power Rankings: Hawks continue to fly high 5