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Nets announce signing of Jason Collins for remainder of the season

Mar 15, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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It’s been very quiet on the Jason Collins front in Brooklyn, just as it should be.

The NBA’s first openly gay player has done the job he was brought in to do, playing smart basketball in a limited role on a Nets team that needed the depth at his position. And after playing out consecutive 10-day contracts, Collins has been signed for the remainder of the season, the team announced on Saturday via official release.

Collins isn’t there to put up numbers, and in fact, when touting his contributions to the team so far this season, the press release had to use totals instead of his statistical averages. It’s his leadership (and ability to give fouls, apparently) that have head coach Jason Kidd appreciating the team’s most recent addition.

From Andy Vasquez of NorthJersey.com:

The 35-year-old 7-footer known as “Twin” is regarded as a smart, tough player who makes opponents pay for entering the paint. Along with 37-year-old Kevin Garnett, Collins has been providing leadership for the Nets younger big men, including rookie F/C Mason Plumlee.

“[Collins] and [Garnett] can help Mason understand a lot of different things on how to get better,” Kidd said. “Twin can help him understand what it means to foul. There’s a technique I guess in that. But I think it was a good signing all around and I think it helps Mason.”

Collins is jokingly referred to as a “professional fouler” by his teammates. He is averaging 11.1 fouls per 48 minutes this season, making him one of the most frequent fowlers in the league.

The numbers, if you’re interested, are five points, six rebounds, and six steals — total — in eight games, with an average of 9.8 minutes per contest. But again, that’s not why Collins is there. And more importantly, neither is the reason that his signing has received so much coverage.

  1. brugis23 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Imagine you as a straight guy get hired to be a model for the SI swimsuit edition…nice!

    • ranfan12 - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      If anyone, it would be Chandler Parsons lol. He’s already a model from what I’ve heard

  2. lj312chicago - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    what a cute signing……..

    • lj312chicago - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      “He is averaging 11.1 fouls per 48 minutes this season, making him one of the most frequent fowlers in the league.”

      • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        At least he isn’t chicken.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        I don’t think eugenesaxe1 is getting enough credit for his play on words response on the presumably mistake spelling on foulers (”fowlers”)!
        lol

  3. timcast12 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Don’t think he should get attention

    • jerze2387 - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      He literally has had more stories than points and rebounds COMBINED this season. Its insane. But hey, they claim they dont want attention. They just wanna be like everybody else *eye roll*

  4. jzone954 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Yawn….

  5. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    He wasn’t signed to play. They could’ve signed literally anybody off the street for less and gotten their money’s worth.
    He wasn’t signed to mentor. There’s enough age on that team to make fine wines and cheeses jealous.

    • azarkhan - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      LOL!

  6. usm418 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    I’m glad that this won’t be an issue any longer. Good luck to the Nets.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Oh, it’ll be an issue next year when nobody signs him, unless he flat-out retires.

  7. ranfan12 - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Nice of them to let his last season be there xD

  8. unfly - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    0.6 PPG
    0.8 RPG
    0.0 BLK
    0.3 APG
    0.8 SPG

    2.3 PF/G

    In 9.8 Minutes/Game. This is an NBA publicity stunt if there’s ever been one.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      I would agree, but he’s been getting paid for those weak ahzz numbers for YEARRRS. Even before the comeout.

      But of course, it’s now all of a sudden wrong of me to say that in 2014 because he deserves special privileges.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      So you’re telling me that the last guy off the bench isn’t putting up numbers? I’m shocked!

  9. campcouch - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    I think this is a league sponsored PR experiment. I’m sure the office is cutting his checks,not the Nets. Send him to a vet laden team in a city that pretty much will accept anything that happens there with a shrug and watch what happens. He gets some minutes and soon people forget he’s even playing there. Well played NBA.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      It’s obviously a PR move. I figured it was a team thing to distract fans their on-court horribleness, but your theory has its merits.

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