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Will Jason Collins Repeat What Chris Andersen Did for the Heat?

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It looks like Jason Collins will provide his defensive presence for the Brooklyn Nets until the end of the year as he is expected to sign for the remainder of the 2013-2014 NBA Season on Saturday, 15th of March.

Collins, who’s widely known as the first gay athlete to play in any of the four major North American professional sports, had previously signed two 10-day contracts for the Nets. His second contract will expire on Friday, which served as an “on the job tryout” to see if he can really be a vital part of the Brooklyn Nets rotation.

10-Day Contract Explained:

A team may sign an individual player to two 10-day contracts in one season (they may or may not be consecutive). After the second 10-day contract, the team can only retain the player by signing him for at least the remainder of the season. A team can’t have more 10-day contracts than they have players on their Inactive List, except if a team has 13 players on its Active List, it can have one more 10-day contract than they have players on their Inactive List.

The injury-riddled Nets rosters have already lost the services of Brook Lopez for the entire season, while former All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko continue to rehabilitate their respective injuries (back & ankle).

He averages 0.6 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 9.75 minutes per game. Judging Collins by his statistics will be so unfair. His unconventional way of playing basketball can only be appreciated by a few who really understands the game. The screen he sets for his teammates makes their job easier, but won’t reflect in any stat sheets.

Collins’s story is somewhat similar to what happened to Chris Andersen last year. Desperate for a big man, the Miami Heat acquired his services to help them in the upcoming playoffs. Well, everyone knows what happened in the Eastern Conference Finals and how big of a factor the Birdman was during that series.

Let’s hope that Collins can bring the same intensity come playoff period and help the Nets franchise bring home its first NBA Championship. His impact may not be as big as Jackie Robinson’s during his time with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but nonetheless he helped to change the landscape of sports history.

Image courtesy of Matthew D. Britt on Flickr.

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