Jason Collins during his time with the Brooklyn Nets on March 15, 2014
|No. 98 – Retired|
|Born||December 2, 1978
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|NBA Draft||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|New Jersey Nets (2001–2008)
Memphis Grizzlies (2008)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2008-2009)
Atlanta Hawks (2009-2012)
Boston Celtics (2012-2013)
Washington Wizards (2012)
Brooklyn Nets (2013)
College[change | change source]
NBA career[change | change source]
He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 18th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.
He helped the Nets reach the NBA finals in 2001 but they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 7 seasons with the Nets and he was traded with cash considerations to the Memphis Grizzlies for Stromile Swift. He played 31 games for the Grizzlies and then he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an eight-player deal involving Kevin Love and O. J. Mayo. When his contract expired at the end of the 2008–09 NBA season, the Timberwolves didn't re-sign him and he signed with the Atlanta Hawks on September 2, 2009. He played 3 seasons with the Hawks and signed an undisclosed deal with the Boston Celtics. He was traded by the Celtics to the Washington Wizards on February 21, 2013 for Jordan Crawford.
Personal[change | change source]
His twin brother Jarron Collins also played in the NBA. On April 29, 2013, Collins wrote the cover story of Sports Illustrated in which he publicly come out as gay. He became the first active male professional athlete in any of the four major North American pro sports leagues to come out. He said that he chose the jersey number 98 in honor of Matthew Shepard, a victim of a gay hate crime in 1998. Collins said that the number was "a statement to myself, my family and my friends".
References[change | change source]
- "Grizzlies acquire center Jason Collins from Nets". Memphis Grizzlies. http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/Grizzlies_acquire_center_Jason-256121-1978.html. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
- "Timberwolves make out on Mayo-Love swap". sports.espn.go.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2008/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=Love-Mayo-080627. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
- "Free agent Jason Collins joins Hawks". sports.espn.go.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4441457. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
- "Celtics Sign Jason Collins". Boston Celtics. http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/press_release/073112-celtics-sign-jason-collins.html. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
- "Wizards Acquire Collins and Barbosa From Boston". Washington Wizards. http://www.nba.com/wizards/wizards-acquire-collins-and-barbosa-boston. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
- "Why NBA center Jason Collins is coming out now". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
- "NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay". bbc.co.uk. April 29, 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22341153. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Jason Collins at NBA.com