Will Nets run a play for Jason Collins? It won’t be the first time

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jasoncollinsnjGlad 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.

Why?

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.”

NBA Players react to NY Knicks PG Jason Kidd’s retirement

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kiddFirst it was Grant Hill who made waves with news of his retirement.

Two days later, the man who shared Rookie of the Year honors with Hill in 1995 took his turn.

New York Knicks point guard and NBA journeyman Jason Kidd has decided to hang up the sneakers after 19 seasons of professional basketball.

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50-at-50: A Chronology Of The 50 Greatest Jordan Moments

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At the Michael Jordan statue outside the United Center

How do you rank Michael Jordan’s career achievement list?

The answer: It’s nearly impossible.

The G.O.A.T., as he’s so often referred to (by those who never saw Wilt Chamberlain play) has done so much for the game that ranking his performances simply doesn’t do justice to his illustrious career.

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Tweet of the Day: Vince Carter

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Generally, the ultimate determinant of where a player’s legacy is inscribed in the history books is their championship ring count. Obviously not every player to suit up on the hardwood has won a ring, yet we still remember some more than others because of their undeniable talents.

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Five Fast Facts From NBA Games 1.23.13

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Awake at all hours, SheridanHoops.com’s newest daily feature presents five items from the previous night in the NBA.

The NBA announced another bird will make its arrival in New Orleans next season, the Warriors put the Thunder with the rest of the league in double-digit losses, the Nets continued their 180 and strengthened their chokehold on the Atlantic Division under coach P.J., while the Bulls rallied to extend their winning streak over the Pistons.

Bob Seger takes us to the bump…”…you’re still damn good, they haven’t gotten to you yet”…

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