The well-chronicled failures of the Lakers were pushed aside for a day, mercifully their fans would say, as national media members converged on Staples Center to cover Jason Collins, the NBA‘s first openly gay player.
He came out in a Sports Illustrated story in April and had not been picked up by any team until the Brooklyn Nets signed him to a 10-day contract Sunday, a handful of hours before the Lakers lost to Brooklyn, 108-102.
It was historic, it was lauded by seemingly all involved, and it kept a lot of people unexpectedly busy. The Lakers fielded 40 media credential requests shortly after Collins officially signed.
He hadn’t played a game in more than 10 months, but he received warm applause from Lakers fans when he checked in with 10 minutes 28 seconds left in the second quarter.
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