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  •  This is not exactly a first, since Collins playing (4+ / 0-)

    career has been effectively over for a while -- he's a 34-year-old who averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per game for a lousy team in 2012-2012; and he currently has no contract for 2013-2014 and was extremely unlikely to get one.  John Amechi also came out very publicly very soon after his career was over, but he wasn't nearly as big a name as Collins is (a long story that NBA fans will know).   I'm not trying to downplay Collins' courage or the fact that this is a step forward for sanity in pro sports in that Collins is technically an "active" player.  I just want to do a little bit to make sure that the courage of Amechi -- an amazing Renaissance kind of guy -- doesn't get forgotten.  (Of course, I might be a little bit biased because, as a Penn State grad & employee, I watched him play in college.)

    "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

    by Oliver St John Gogarty on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 09:03:37 AM PDT

    •  He seems to imply he will still be playing. (6+ / 0-)
      I'm glad I can stop hiding and refocus on my 13th NBA season. I've been running through the Santa Monica Mountains in a 30-pound vest with Shadow, the German shepherd I got from Mike Miller. In the pros, the older you get, the better shape you must be in. Next season a few more eyeballs are likely to be on me. That only motivates me to work harder.
       
      •  And I'm starring in a Met Opera next season. (2+ / 0-)
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        Because I'm practicing for it!

        Just kidding ... I think Oliver's point was that Collins is a free agent, has no contract, and is highly unlikely to get one for next season, regardless of his focus on it.

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