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Report: Nets expected to keep Jason Collins on roster for rest of season

Feb 27, 2014, 5:19 PM EST

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A 10-day contract in the NBA is often really a tryout. A first date. Let’s see if this works for both of us and if it does we can continue, if not we go our separate ways.

Jason Collins got a 10-day contract with the Nets, which made him the first openly gay player in any of Americas’ four major team sports. It was almost assumed around the league from the second Brooklyn brought him in they planned to keep him past that first contract.

That is the Nets thinking, reports the New York Post. That in spite of the fact Collins struggled some against Portland in his second game as a Net.

“Game action is game action,” Collins said afterward. “But tonight, Portland attacked from the start, and it was hard to try to get back into the game.”

Collins’ 10-day contract expires early next week, but the Nets are all but certain to keep him for the rest of the season.

Collins has proven popular — the NBA isn’t really in the habit of releasing jerseys of guys on 10-day contacts (for obvious reasons) but they did with Collins and his was the biggest selling jersey on Tuesday. Collins wears the No. 98 in honor of Matthew Sheppard, a gay boy beaten and killed in Wyoming, a story that became national news.

But that’s not why the Nets signed him, rather they brought him in to provide post defense, set tough screens and provide some size inside. Two games in they are relatively happy with how he is doing on that count. Most likely Collins is given a second 10-day contract before his option is picked up for the rest of the season.

But that is the path the Nets seem to be on.

  1. trickybastard - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    I like how you remind us he is the first openly gay player. What? You think we forgot with the the 50 articles you post on him? Mike Florio’s overkill on Tim Tebow are jealous.

  2. apkyletexas - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    No points, no rebounds, no personal fouls and a -10 plus-minus rating in 7 minutes. Dude better step his game up.

    • azarkhan - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      This isn’t about basketball.

      • apkyletexas - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        They’re headed to the playoffs – it better be about basketball. They get bounced in the first round again and heads are gonna roll.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        And that’s why the Nyets suck so abysmally.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      that’s how this dude has always played. His PER for his last EIGHT consecutive seasons was 5.5 or lower…

      In his age 31 season, his per was 0.9 (yes, ZERO POINT NINE)

      dude can’t play and never could play. just check out his stats…

      • apkyletexas - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        Wrong. He was the backup center playing 20-25 minutes a night in the playoffs for a Nets team that went to back-to-back finals early in his career. He obviously has been a contributor. But he’d better not have too many games like against Portland.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        According to PER, Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman’s career 14.6 PER means he is just barely in the rotation.

  3. calkinsrob - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    This is clearly because of the publicity. Idk why you keep a 0pts. 5fls a game guy in the NBA. Im sure there are better alternatives.

  4. calkinsrob - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Also, I don’t want to sound ignorant here. But why are people getting this guys jersey? I realize what hes done, but look at this guys stats. Hes never been that good of a player. I’m willing to bet the only reason hes on a team is because of his big announcement timed right at the end of his last nba contract.

    Ill consider it a big deal when a more important player on the court makes an announcement like that.

    • genericcommenter - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      I don’t know. Since I’m an adult, I don’t really care about the feedback here (and know from reading comments this won’t go over well), but I would consider getting a Royce White jersey even though he hasn’t done anything and might fail horribly if he gets the chance. So, I could see it. People like to have others to relate to- more people than not don’t really fall into the stereotypical or aspirational model of the exalted perfect mainstream man. Even though he seems like an alien, a lot of people related to Dennis Rodman back in the day (maybe less so in his current wannabe international ambassador days). A lot of people belong to non-majority social groups or have “different” health statuses or eccentricities that aren’t represented.

      Plus, you have people who aren’t even basketball fans (besides jersey-wearing hipsters) who probably want to make a statement. NBA is all about the $$$ and appealing to an audience. It’s good timing for them that society is trending more socially tolerant. A decade or so ago (or even more recently), Stern tried to do everything he could with the image to not turn off stuffy conservatives.

    • 1historian - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      why are they getting his jersey? Because they want to show how open and friendly and progressive and how tolerant they are and they can wear it at the next party so that everyone will KNOW how open and friendly and progressive and how tolerant they are.

      Then someone asks “who’s Collins?”

      And we add the adjective ‘gullible’ to that list of admirable qualities.

  5. billtetley53 - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    You don’t want to sound ignorant….but you do.

  6. asimonetti88 - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    The comments on the Collins stories are always amusing. Clearly discrimination is alive and well in America.

    • trickybastard - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      idiot. people are right to question the media overkill. you sound a little heterophobic

      • pfic15 - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        If you even remotely question the signing…you’re an intolerant bigot.

      • calkinsrob - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        @pfic15 – I’m logging on special to reply to your comment. I disagree with the idea that a playoff team will take up a roster spot with an inefficient player just to make a statement and rack up jersey money. Why am I a bigot because I disagree with this signing when there are better free agents available.

      • trickybastard - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        @pfic15 hey great use of Nazi mind control and McCarthy tactics. You realize your whole statement comprised of intolerable bigotry right?

    • jerze2387 - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Clearly so are Pity Parties

  7. yourheroesaredead - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    “He wears #98″

    Apparently the #46 is the 98?

    (I don’t know how old that photo is up there, but it appears something is strange.)

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      He had to wear 46 in his first game because that was the only jersey available in his size at the time. He was 98 by his second game.

  8. smackingfools - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    They have to. Had to as soon as they signed him.

  9. naterich21 - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Rasheed Wallace in his coaching suit is more effective than Jason Collins.

    Hell, injured Kendrick Perkins is more effective.

    • jerze2387 - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      because perkins could stand there on crutches, get 0 points but also get 0 fouls.

      Hell, Bill Russell would be more effective than Jason Collins at this point. And if the signing was about “locker room, experience, and playoff veteran saavy”, Russell would bring more of all of that.

      • jerze2387 - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        I like how i get a thumbs down for saying hes a crappy player when he in fact is a crappy player. So him coming out of the closet suddenly makes him a good player and immune to being critized. The agenda at work smh

  10. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Yeah, they wouldn’t want to sign someone who might actually help them on the court.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      No worries there… they haven’t yet… even once…

      • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Ehh, Lopez is good. And broken.

  11. davidly - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Those bitching and moaning about the coverage Collins is getting seem to be conflating two issues: 1) the coverage; and 2) his playing ability

    1) The coverage is about his playing “out”. Period. It’s a big story, and while it may seem like overkill, it’s gonna happen. If you cannot get over it, you’re in denial about something. Look into it.

    2) If you think that his contributions do not warrant his contract, on the other hand, there are a number of other teams you might want to be wailing on about. This league has always had a few teams — and playoff teams at that — with a big guy who plays less than ten minutes, racks up a lot of fouls, but barely registers otherwise. Yet, the logic goes, that they need that body for those minutes. The defending champs, for example, have seen fit to sign Greg Oden.

    Bitch if you want, but don’t confuse your issues with basketball ones.

    • jerze2387 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Greg Oden: Higher upside, Much younger, has shown more in his breif career as well as amateur career than collins has ever. if you had to sign a player for the end of the bench, do you go with a guy in his mid 20’s or a guy in his late 30’s that would give you roughly the same production?

      THATS why Miami signed oden. tahts why many of the bigs you mentioned are on rosters. Theyre at the end of the bench, somewhat stashed because they could kick it up a ntch. Collins has had 12 years to do that and hasnt. if he wasnt a media star over his sexuality, he’d be sitting next to the other uneplooyed, useless big men.

      And as to your point of him playing out as a big story, why is it a big story? why isnt a straight player being outwardly straight a big story? Gays bitch about the double standard, but theyre the ones creating it. If they wann blend in and it to be just a normal thing, and be considered one of the guys, and not be accused (rightfully so, i may add0 of using it as an advantage to force the hand of a team and league to sign them, then they should make sure its NOT a big deal. Actions have spoken louder than words “although they also make sure their words are heard, or they just yell it louder).

      According to the logic of the “we wanna be accepted”, Gays should be HAPPY when people say “ok, so what? i dont care”. instead they WANT the attention. Contradictory.

      • Kurt Helin - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        Why do you care? You and the entire “this is not a story” crowd come off as sounding threatened. If you really didn’t care you wouldn’t read and comment on the articles, but you do. So why do you care? And don’t say “the media is forcing this down our throat” because again, you chose to click and comment on this. It interests you.

      • davidly - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Who says gays want attention? The point is they just want not to have to hide who they are. If that garners attention, it’s not because they were looking for it.

        As far as teams signing guys for the end of their bench because they “could kick it up a notch”: That’s a pretty absurd assertion. The twelfth guy is almost always exclusively used to foul.

  12. 1historian - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Mr. Helin;

    By now I would venture that everyone who is in a position to care or not to care knows that Jason Collins is gay.

    I realize that it does not matter but I place myself in category #2.

    I am taking this opportunity to announce that I will be awarding a small dingleberry pie made with the most exclusive ingredients to the first ‘journalist’ who manages to get through a story about Mr. Collins without making notice of his sexual orientation.

    Not that I expect it ever to be claimed.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      We write Collins stories because it is news and because people by their actions have shown interest in reading about him. If you really didn’t care you would be apathetic and not click on the link, or comment. You chose to, proving my point that people do want to read about him.

      • trickybastard - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Nice try Kurt. How can we avoid clicking on your story when there’s so many!?!

        How about reporting news, not creating it??

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        You don’t have the ability to not click on stories?

  13. billtetley53 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    And people wonder why it is so difficult for a person to come out.

    The comment that ” because hes not a superstar, it doesn’t mean anything” (paraphrased) is especially inane.

    To the guy making the comment about buying the jersey to show how tolerant they are etc.
    You think maybe they bought it because maybe they want to show him support? Maybe they are gay themselves? Maybe they know and love a family member that is gay. You act like tolerance and support are a bad thing.
    The stupidity of the average American is astounding.
    I shudder to think ay what you people would have said when Jackie Robinson crossed the color line. I’m sure it would be just as unintelligent and misinformed as the stuff you posted here.

    I’m sure the responses to me should be brilliant. Come on guys, dazzle me with your posts.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      Some people are so uncomfortable with the thought that there are gay people out there that they can’t even hear the word gay without lashing out (as demonstrated in this article). Maybe someday we won’t have to deal with this kind of implicit discrimination and intolerance.

    • jerze2387 - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      “I shudder to think ay what you people would have said when Jackie Robinson crossed the color line. I’m sure it would be just as unintelligent and misinformed as the stuff you posted here”

      Try worse. But, apparently now Jason Collins is the standard for struggle in “barrier breaking”. My god these comparsions to Jackie Robinson are annoying as hell

  14. billtetley53 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    gallons, re read his posting…s…l…o..w..l..y. Msyb you’ll get it. He’s agreeing with your ignorance.

    Secondly, you aren’t a bigot for thinking there is a better player out there.

    You’re a bigot for saying a player coming out doesn’t mean anything, unless he’s an all star caliber player.

    You’re a bigot for even mentioning the signing in regards to jersey sales.

    Please stop posting your ignorance.

  15. billtetley53 - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Why isn’t it compareable. People don’t get to choose their skin color. They also don’t choose their sexual orientation.

    It represents change in the status quo, and people don’t like it.

    Robinson was called derogatory, hurtful, vicious names. You don’t think Collins goes through that, although a bit more subtlely?
    Just look at some of the comments on his articles. Its ridiculous that people still are threatened by homosexuals. I think it speaks more to the person that feels threatened, than the homosexuals themselves.
    Minorities and Gays are discriminated against, that’s all the correlation you need.
    They are comparable. Its 2014 dude, its time to grow up.

  16. billtetley53 - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    prior post should be *calkins * maybe

  17. billtetley53 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Kurt, I agree.

    Jerze, just stop posting. The more you post on the subject, the dumber you look.

    They should just “blend in”. Don’t rock the boat in other words, right.

    Your comment about using their orientation to ” force” things is especially idiotic.
    Why should they have to fight for their rights in the first place?
    It seems to me, that the Nets sought Collins out, Collins didn’t force his way onto the team.

    You have some serious hangups my friend. I’m sure we are just scratching the surface of your bigotry.
    Your attitude and intolerance is what is the matter with this country, too many people think like you because thier church and a 6,000 year old book. written by MEN, tells you to feel that way.

    Again, please stop posting. I’m embarassed for you.

  18. sportfan2 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I was hoping the first openly gay would be a Flaming one. Now that would be fun to watch. As it is with this person BORING….

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