Jason Collins scored 0 points and only played the final 2:41 in the Brooklyn Nets' 96-80 win over the Chicago Bulls. But that didn't stop the home crowd from chanting his name and giving him a standing ovation in his first appearance there as an openly gay NBA player.
Before the game, media reports said the Nets would sign Collins to a second 10-day contract and then likely sign him for the remainder of the season. The Nets are 3-1 since Collins signed Feb. 23.
With the game in Brooklyn, Collins was trending on Twitter:
A special moment for @jasoncollins34 the @NBA and @BrooklynNets with he entering the game to Ja-Son Col-lins chants and a standing ovation.— David Robertson (@101flyboy) March 4, 2014
Standing ovation for #JasonCollins tonight as he took the court w/ brooklynnets against the Chicago… http://t.co/KuRmefzze7— Little Ngoc (@LittleNgoc) March 4, 2014
And the game ends with #JasonCollins hands on the ball. #Nets win— Realtor Dave (@DRLopez15) March 4, 2014
David Stern was here tonight for Jason Collins' debut. Seems to be enjoying retirement. Just as my #crystalball predicted.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) March 4, 2014
.@jasoncollins34 enters his first @BrooklynNets home game.. And commits a foul.. That's my dude. @YouCanPlayTeam pic.twitter.com/6ZUZiYObl1— Wade Davis II (@Wade_Davis28) March 4, 2014
Kidd listened to the chants of the home crowd, put Jason Collins in at 2:41. Standing O. Well done Brooklyn fans.— tara sullivan (@Record_Tara) March 4, 2014
Jason Collins gets a standing ovation as he checks into the game for the first time.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) March 4, 2014
Proud night in Brooklyn. Welcome home, @jasoncollins34.— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) March 4, 2014
Crowd here at the @barclayscenter currently chanting @jasoncollins34 Pretty cool!— Anthony Nicodemo (@SaundersHoops) March 4, 2014
Crowd @barclayscenter chanting Jason Collins with three minutes left. #nets— Brian Ellner (@brianellner) March 4, 2014
Tonight LeBron James and Jason Collins combined for 61 points.— CaptainTouchback (@CaptTouchback) March 4, 2014
MVP a toss up between Lebron James, Jason Collins and Kevin Durant...possible three way tie ?— taiiiyo (@taiyorob) March 4, 2014