The NBA season is fast approaching, and Jason Collins still does not have an employer.
Collins, the first athlete in a major American sport to announce he is gay, is still a free agent, despite drawing interest from four teams. One of them, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports was the Sacramento Kings, but they opted to go with a younger center to compete for a roster spot.
Golden State Warriors’ president and COO Rick Welts made some comments about Collins in Spears’ article. Welts, who is also gay, says the Warriors would “seriously consider” signing Collins if they didn’t have so many centers on their roster.
“I didn’t know what to expect and I don’t think Jason knew what to expect,” Welts said. “I am rooting for him and I think a lot of people are rooting for him to find a job. But where that is going to be, how that is going to come about and whether it will, is an open question.
Collins came out in April on a Sports Illustrated piece that he penned.
“Imagine you’re in the oven, baking,” Collins wrote. “Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know — I baked for 33 years.”
Collins went to college at Stanford, and was named to the All-Pac-10 first team in 2001. His .608 career field goal percentage still ranks first in school history.
He spent the first seven years of his NBA career with the Nets, helping them reach the Finals as a rookie in 2002. He has since bounced around on five different teams in the past seven years, playing for the Wizards last season.