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Jason Collins puts his focus on the game, not history
Jason Collins puts his focus on the game, not history

Jason Collins rose from his seat on the bench and strode slowly toward the scorer's table. He stepped on a traction mat, removed the T-shirt covering his jersey top and joined his Brooklyn Nets teammates on the Staples Center court. It was a routine that was everything like and nothing like one Collins had carried out thousands of times in his NBA career. With 10 minutes 28 seconds left in the second quarter against the Lakers on Sunday, Collins became the first openly gay player to participate in one of the four major U.S. pro sports. History was met with gracious applause, a handful of fans in the lower bowl standing to cheer. Then Collins did what he set out to do after...

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