When NBA center Jason Collins became the first open gay athlete in North America’s four major team sports, there was concern that his sexual preference would alienate him from getting a professional contract.
Collins, who has spent the past twelve years in the NBA is currently without a team, this after becoming a free agent after the end of the 2012-13 season. He was recently invited to take part in the NBA D-League draft, but told ESPN that he believes he’s an NBA player and should be playing in the NBA, suggesting the D-League or overseas playing was not an option:
The source told ESPN.com that Collins, at 34, remains convinced that he’s an NBA player and would prefer to continue his accelerated workout regimen at home in the Los Angeles area ahead of potential opportunities to join a team in the league this season as opposed to trying to play elsewhere.
Of course, Collins, despite a long NBA career owns a career 3.6 points per game average alongside 3.8 rebounds in 20 minutes of action so it may be game related as to why he’s void of NBA employment.
Both the Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings expressed interest in Collins this offseason, though contractual discussions never got serious.