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Jason Collins shows NBA is an open place

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.

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