Jason Collins Video: Watch Nets Center Make NBA Season Debut vs. Lakers

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 23, 2014

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The Brooklyn Nets' newly signed center, Jason Collins, made history on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

At the 10:28 mark of the second quarter, Collins became the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game. With the Nets up 35-26 on the Los Angeles Lakers, Collins took the floor to a warm reception from the home crowd.

The video below captures Collins' historic check-in to the contest:

Through 10-plus minutes of play, Collins didn't score, but he did what was expected of him. He took up space on defense, grabbed two rebounds, stole the ball once, committed five fouls and gave the Nets the minutes they needed in the post.

The Nets won 108-102.

Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Nets earlier in the day and could very well be signed for the rest of the season after that deal is done.