The 13-year-veteran made history last weekend when he became the first openly gay player to check into an NBA game. In four contests since signing that first 10-day contract on Feb. 23, the backup center has totals of three points, four rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes, providing his typical brand of solid post defense and setting hard screens.
Signing Collins to a 10-day contract on Wednesday means he will remain a Net until mid-March. After those 10 days, Brooklyn will have to sign him for the rest of the season if it intends to keep him around for the playoff run.
After the Nets' 112-89 win over the Denver Nuggets last Thursday, Collins met with the parents of Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998 because he was gay. Collins wears No. 98 for Brooklyn in Shepard's honor, just as he did last season before he came out.