With the 2013-14 NBA season right around the corner, former Boston Celtics center Jason Collins, the first openly-gay active player in the NBA, remains unsigned. The 34-year-old spoke to The New York Times about his frustration, saying that he believes he’s talented enough to make an impact on an NBA roster.
Collins was blunt in the interview:” I feel there are players in the league right now that, quite frankly, I’m better than.” He also addressed the idea that he wouldn’t be a sound financial signing at his age:
In my mind it shouldn’t be about that. The N.B.A. is for the best players, not for the most affordable players. There isn’t a professional athlete that doesn’t want to play 12, 13 years. What I did when I was younger was look up to the guys like Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning who played over a decade.
Collins went on to deny that he’d settle for playing overseas, asserting that it’s NBA-or-nothing for him. We wish him the best of luck and hope that he lands on a team soon.
[Source: The New York Times]