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Jason Collins retires from the NBA
NBA player Jason Collins speaks at a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center in New York City on November 19, 2014. Collins, who became the first openly gay athlete in North America's four recognized major team sports when he played for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets last season, announced Wednesday his retirement from the league. UPI/John Angelillo
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Jason Paul Collins (born December 2, 1978 in Northridge, California) is an American professional basketball player, who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks. He graduated from Harvard-Westlake School and later attended Stanford University, where he was an All-American in 2000–01 and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on March 15, 2000. He finished his career ranked #1 in school history for field goal percentage (.608) and #5 in blocked shots (89).

As a rookie along with Richard Jefferson, Collins played a significant role in the New Jersey Nets' first ever NBA Finals berth in 2002 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

In the 2002–03 NBA season Collins took over the starting center role for the Nets and helped the franchise back to the NBA Finals. Prior to the 2004–05 season, he signed a $25 million contract extension with New Jersey for five more years.

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