Seven-footer Jason Collins announced today what many have suspected for decades: he's a basketball player.
Younger players were shocked, seeing Collins as "just some guy who liked to hang around NBA guys and wear uniforms," as one anonymous fourth-year player thought. But older players were less surprised, remembering a time ten years ago when the debate over whether Collins was an actual NBA player or not was more common.
"I had some friends who were on the Nets in the early 2000's who were 75-80% sure he was a basketball player then," nodded a now-retired member of the Atlanta Hawks. "I didn't notice anything myself when he was here, but those were guys who were in a position to know. They used to tell me that despite appearances, Jason would do stuff from time-to-time that only someone who was a basketball player would do." Video footage from the era is inconclusive.