It was previously reported that the Nets, who believe are getting everything they expected from the 34-year-old when they signed him on February 23 for frontcourt depth, were already operating under the basis that the player would end the season with them even though his second 10-day deal did not finish until after Friday.
Sources said that all along, the internal expectation was that Collins would play for the Nets for the remainder of the season, from the moment that he signed his first 10-day contract, as long as he was able to prove that he could still be an effective defender, which he immediately did, to the delight of many fans and price per head sportsbooks.
Collins, in eight appearances since his historic debut last month against the LA Lakers, averages 9.8 minutes per game off the bench, and pay per head services saw that he became the first athlete in North America’s four recognized major team sports to come out as being gay.
The player recently gave the Nets some very significant minutes when defending against DeMarcus Cousins – logging 20 minutes in a 104-89 win last Sunday over the Sacramento Kings.
Price per head sportsbooks saw that Collins and the Nets handled media attention very well. Before playing on March 3 in his first home game against Chicago in Brooklyn, Collins was asked about comparisons between Jackie Robinson and himself breaking barriers in Brooklyn.
“I’m just trying to be Jason Collins,” Collins said. “What Jackie Robinson did for the sport of baseball and our society [is] tremendous. But I am just trying to be Jason Collins.”
Collins repeatedly said that he wants people to focus on the sport and not his sexual orientation. Pay per head services saw that the player embraced his role and is grateful for the positive reaction he received from his team, fans, and opposing teams.
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Collins’ No. 98 jersey turned into a top-seller, and the player expressed gratitude and pleasant surprise at the reaction of the fans. Price per head sportsbooks learned that the player chose the number to honor Matthew Shepard – a 21-year-old gay college student who in 1998 was beaten, tortured and killed.