Jason Collins makes history in the sports world by being the first active athlete in the four major pro sports to come out as gay. Collins made this announcement to Sports Illustrated earlier this afternoon.
Collins played was a member of the Boston Celtics earlier this season. He was traded to the Washington Wizards along with Leandro Barbosa for Jordan Crawford. Collins averaged 10.3 minutes per game with the Celtics and has been an NBA journeyman for most of his career.
Doc Rivers spoke to Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated today on Collins and had nothing but good things to say about him.
“He didn’t play all the time, but when he did play he was ready,” said Rivers. “What I was impressed with was how much he prepared. There are a lot of players who are not playing and then when you need them, they’re not ready to play because they don’t prepare. You could bring Jason Collins in at any point in the game, and he has studied the opposing team’s scouting report like he thought he was going to be playing 40 minutes that night. And he did it that way every time.