Lichtenstein: Retired Collins Can Be Nets' Role Model On Court, Not Just Off

November 24, 2014 11:22 AM

Lichtenstein: Retired Collins Can Be Nets' Role Model On Court, Not Just Off
By Steve Lichtenstein » More Columns

" Covering the Nets-Bucks game last Wednesday was a bit like being under the big top.

At one end was the return of former Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd, who engineered his exit over the summer so he could instead toil in Milwaukee. Kidd wanted the world to know (through some subtle and some not-so-subtle hints) that it was all Nets general manager Billy King’s fault.

Of course, the main attraction was a triple-overtime game, during which both the Bucks and Nets squandered multiple opportunities to end the marathon affair–most notably when Milwaukee point guard Brandon Knight gagged on an uncontested breakaway layup at the first overtime horn—before Kidd’s Bucks eventually won the bragging rights, 122-118.

And in the far circle, conducted with less fanfare in the bowels of the Barclays Center a half-hour before game time, a few reporters gathered around a different Jason.

On this same night, Jason Collins officially announced his retirement from the NBA.

You may recall that Collins became the first openly gay player to participate in a game in one of our four major American professional sports following his signing of the first of several 10-day contracts with Brooklyn in February "

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