Now that Jason Collins is officially back in the NBA and being billed as its first openly gay player of the major pro sports -- though when John Amaechi played for the Orlando Magic he didn't hide his sexuality and was out to those around him -- one of his former coaches thought it would happen sooner or later.
"Bigs that are older, at end of careers it's usually at this time where the rosters have to be set to be on a playoff roster," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said, alluding to the March 1 deadline. "You see it much more with bigs that are later in their careers like Jason is to come in this point and time of being picked up. That would be great."
Collins, a 7-foot center, was traded from the Boston Celtics to the Wizards late last season and played sparingly in a reserve role. After the team had decided to not bring him back as a free agent, Collins revealed that he was gay which was unknown to the Wizards' locker room and front office.
Commissioner Adam Silver had this to say after Sunday's signing was made official: "Jason told us that his goal was to earn another contract with an NBA team. Today, I want to commend him on achieving his goal. I know everyone in the NBA family is excited for him and proud that our league fosters an inclusive and respectful environment."