Jason Collins facts for kids
Jason Collins during his time with the Brooklyn Nets on March 15, 2014
|No. 98 – Retired|
|Born||December 2, 1978
Northridge, Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|NBA Draft||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|New Jersey Nets (2001–2008)
Memphis Grizzlies (2008)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2008-2009)
Atlanta Hawks (2009-2012)
Boston Celtics (2012-2013)
Washington Wizards (2012)
Brooklyn Nets (2013)
He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 18th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.
He helped the Nets reach the NBA finals in 2001 but they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 7 seasons with the Nets and he was traded with cash considerations to the Memphis Grizzlies for Stromile Swift. He played 31 games for the Grizzlies and then he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an eight-player deal involving Kevin Love and O. J. Mayo. When his contract expired at the end of the 2008–09 NBA season, the Timberwolves didn't re-sign him and he signed with the Atlanta Hawks on September 2, 2009. He played 3 seasons with the Hawks and signed an undisclosed deal with the Boston Celtics. He was traded by the Celtics to the Washington Wizards on February 21, 2013 for Jordan Crawford.
His twin brother Jarron Collins also played in the NBA. On April 29, 2013, Collins wrote the cover story of Sports Illustrated in which he publicly come out as gay. He became the first active male professional athlete in any of the four major North American pro sports leagues to come out.
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