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Collins gets positive feedback upon return to NBA

Wed., Feb. 26, 2014, midnight

Center Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets says he has received a text message from Billie Jean King and other messages of support since becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the United States’ four major professional leagues. Collins says the text from the former tennis great was “very meaningful and very much appreciated.” Collins spoke before the Nets practiced at UCLA on Tuesday. They resume their road trip with a game tonight. At one point he was practically drowned out by the clatter of basketballs bouncing on the hardwood. It was a reminder of why Collins is with the Nets. “I’m just trying to prioritize things. Basketball right now is a priority,” he said. Collins signed a 10-day contract Sunday and played 10 scoreless minutes in a win over the Lakers. – AP



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