Glad to see the Brooklyn Nets bringing back one of their New Jersey veterans. The fact that Collins has come out as homosexual means nothing to me, though I have no problem with other writers making a big deal out of it.
What matters to me is whether the Nets will run a play for him.
Because back during Collins’ first stint with the Nets, they decided to run a play for him in his final game for the team in the 2007-08 season before he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Stromile Swift.
The news of the Swift-Collins trade had already been out for two days, and the deal was held up for reasons that I cannot recall. It eventually went down, but not before Collins played one final game for New Jersey and scored the first bucket of the game. Coach Lawrence Frank drew up the play, and later noted that is was the first time in his coaching career with the Nets (he as a longtime assistant before he took over the top job) that the team had drawn up a play for Collins, whose job was to rebound, play defense and provide toughness for some pretty good Nets teams.
Collins should be in uniform tonight when the Nets play in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
Watch and see what happens the first time the Nets have the ball on the offensive end after Collins checks in. And if Jason Kidd calls a play for the 7-footer, just remember that it wasn’t the first time. Kidd, in fact, was New Jersey’s point guard the last time Collins wore a Nets uniform.
The signing, by the way, brought a rare official statement from NBA headquarters: “”Jason told us that his goal was to earn another contract with an NBA team,” commissioner Adam Silver said. “Today, I want to commend him on achieving his goal. I know everyone in the NBA family is excited for him and proud that our league fosters an inclusive and respectful environment.”