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Jason Collins has no plans to play in the D-League

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10:45 PM ET 11.06 | When NBA center Jason Collins became the first open gay athlete in North America's four major team sports, there was concern that his sexual preference would alienate him from getting a professional contract. Collins, who has spent the past twelve years in the NBA, is currently without a team after becoming a free agent after the end of the 2012-13 season. He was recently invited to take part in the NBA D-League draft, but told ESPN that he believes he's an NBA player and should be playing in the NBA, suggesting the D-League or overseas playing was not an option.

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November 6, 2013  11:31 PM ET

What's keeping Jason Collins from being on a NBA team is he's a player that's at the end of his career. Not because he's gay.

If he was a player that can bring 8 points and 5 rebounds a game, he would be on a team. But last year his averages were 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds with Boston. And 0.7 points and 1.3 rebounds with Washington.

Yeah those are great stats. Even Charles Barkley has said the reason why Jason isn't on a team is not because he's gay. It's because he's at the end of his career.

November 6, 2013  11:36 PM ET
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What's keeping Jason Collins from being on a NBA team is he's a player that's at the end of his career. Not because he's gay. If he was a player that can bring 8 points and 5 rebounds a game, he would be on a team. But last year his averages were 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds with Boston. And 0.7 points and 1.3 rebounds with Washington. Yeah those are great stats. Even Charles Barkley has said the reason why Jason isn't on a team is not because he's gay. It's because he's at the end of his career.

Shaq often commented that Jason Collins made him work hard. He's on record saying Collins is one of the better defenders in the League.

But, that doesn't show up on the old stat sheet. Does it?

November 7, 2013  12:22 AM ET
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How about the G-League?

LOL that's cold!!

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November 7, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What's keeping Jason Collins from being on a NBA team is he's a player that's at the end of his career. Not because he's gay. If he was a player that can bring 8 points and 5 rebounds a game, he would be on a team. But last year his averages were 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds with Boston. And 0.7 points and 1.3 rebounds with Washington. Yeah those are great stats. Even Charles Barkley has said the reason why Jason isn't on a team is not because he's gay. It's because he's at the end of his career.

I agree with the comments. There are some people out there that are trying to turn this situation into a Gay issue. I guess the only real way to know for sure that this is not a gay issue is to have a superstar player announce that he's gay; and see what happens.

November 7, 2013  09:30 AM ET

It Hurts To Go First, Bro.

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November 7, 2013  02:40 PM ET

Unfortunately, Tyson went down,
So they should want Collins around.
Not just because NY is a gay state & town.
- Give him a 10-day contract & if it don't work out send his A packing...

 
November 10, 2013  02:20 AM ET
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- Give him a 10-day contract & if it don't work out send his A packing...

Okay, I didn't want to laugh at this, but... X^D *Hahaha!*

All in all, I think that in regards to Jason, it's sort of like that person that everyone is curious about, but no one wants to approach. It's going to take that one person (read: organization), with enough nerve to give him a shot. What's more, I think it's a little contrived to say that no one's picking him up because he's at the end of his career. He was at the end of his career two years ago and his stats weren't much different than they've ever been and still someone found a roster spot for him. First Boston and then Washington. In both cases, he was seen as the consummate teammate and professional. He's a 7'footer with smarts and 6 fouls to give. More specifically, he's been a mentor to a few players. With all of this in mind, I'm still not sure he'll get a shot until and unless some team finds the courage to give him a shot.

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