It’s been expected that the Nets would look to bring in another big man this season. While they have had success with a smaller lineup since Brook Lopez went down sometimes you need a traditional big for matchup purposes.
That big man may be Jason Collins, reports Ohn Youngmisuk and Marc Stein at ESPNNewYork.com.
The Brooklyn Nets worked out Jason Collins this week in Los Angeles and are giving strong consideration to signing the free-agent center to a 10-day contract that would position him to become the NBA’s first active openly gay player, ESPN.com has learned.
Sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com that the Nets, after letting Thursday’s trade deadline pass without a deal for the Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Hill, are weighing the addition of another big man and have identified Collins as a prime candidate to join their frontcourt rotation via the 10-day route.
Collins came out as gay publicly to much fanfare last April and he was often touted as the first openly gay male on a major American team sports squad. Except he wasn’t. At age 35 and on the downside of his career there were limited teams that could use a veteran big for just post defense and rebounding. We’ll likely never know what role Collins being publicly gay played in the few teams that could have used him going in other directions.
However, it looks like the Nets — an organization Collins has played for before — are leaning toward him.
The Nets are currently the five seed in the East and want to more than hold on to a playoff spot, they want to catch the Toronto Raptors for the Atlantic Division lead. That’s not likely, the Raptors have by far the easiest schedule left of any team in the NBA, but that’s the target the Nets have set.
Collins may be a part of that.
Hassan Whiteside recorded a triple-double last night against the Hornets, and his tenth block was particularly impressive. He didn’t so much block Marvin Williams‘ layup attempt as pluck it out of the air with one hand. It almost looks like it should count as a block, rebound and steal at the same time.
The NBA world has taken notice of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In Thursday night’s home game against the Knicks on TNT, Pistons players wore warmup shirts that read “FLINT NOW,” and the organization announced a $500,000 donation towards providing clean water for residents of the town.
Former Pistons great and general basketball legend Rasheed Wallace went even further, according to a tweet from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina:
Sheed obviously has a connection to Michigan, having played in Detroit for six years (including on the 2004 title team) and serving as an assistant coach for the Pistons during the 2013-14 season. This was an incredible gesture by him for the residents of a town that has been without drinkable water for a long time.
The Kings are a complete mess right now. After a loss to the Nets on Friday night, the team is reportedly considering firing head coach George Karl, who has been with the team for just about one year, and DeMarcus Cousins says they have “a bigger issue than the players.”
But, on the bright side, Cousins is still a monster on the court. During the Nets loss, he posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, showing why he’s the one thing about this franchise that is going to be worth talking about long-term.
Russell Westbrook has been wearing the new Air Jordan XXX on the court for nearly a month now. Considering he’s averaging a triple-double in his last 10 games — 22 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds — I’d say he’s pretty comfortable in them.
Continuing a trend of using the respected Jordan brand name with modern players to sell the shoes, this latest ad for the Air Jordan XXX shoes features a young hypeman who describes Westbrook as “the new Big Bang,” and asks people to “make room – as the man is about to take off.”
The Air Jordan XXX hit retail stores on Feb. 12. Westbrook will be wearing them next weekend in Toronto for the All-Star Game.