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Collins could open doors to conversation

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WALTHAM — The Celtics were so locked in on preparing for their Game 5 matchup with the New York Knicks, the public revelation by Jason Collins that he is gay — and that the Celtics spent months with a gay player on the roster — were afterthoughts.

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce matter-of-factly addressed Collins’s announcement, surprised, but speaking with nothing but respect and admiration. They join a large group of NBA players who have expressed support and admiration for Collins, a 12-year veteran who became the first active male athlete in one of the four major sports to become open about his homosexuality.

Collins, a workmanlike center known more for his brickwall screens and hard fouls than his dunks or jumpers, wants to continue his career, and so far it seems NBA teams would be open to that possibility, as long as he can contribute.

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