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Jason Collins makes Brooklyn home debut

Jason Collins

Brooklyn Nets Jason Collins speaks during a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center, Monday, March 3, 2014, in New York. More than a week after becoming the league’s first openly gay player, Collins will finally get to play a home game. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


When Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play in any of the four major North American team sports, he got a nice ovation – in Los Angeles.

Since signing Collins, the Nets have played at the Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks.

But tonight, the Nets returned to Brooklyn, giving Collins a chance to make his home season debut.

With Brooklyn up 17 points, Collins received a standing ovation when he checked in with 2:41 remaining.

Then, in true Collins fashion, he committed a foul six seconds later.