After 13 years in the NBA (and becoming the first openly gay player in the league), Collins has decided that it’s time to leave the game.
“To put it short: I’m officially announcing my retirement from the NBA,” said Collins, while speaking with Sports Illustrated today. “I think it’s time for me to truly become just a fan and watch from the sidelines now.”
The pro baller, who recently played for the Brooklyn Nets, said that he’s having a hard time keeping up these days. For him, the physical indication was all he needed to resign. “My body was talking to me. My body was telling me that it’s time,” he explained.
Bowing out while playing for the Brooklyn Nets kind of brings his career full-circle, since he started out playing for the team when the Nets were still in New Jersey. As a retiree, Collins will have plenty of free time on his hands, but he’s already got a plan for how to use it wisely.
“I’ll still be in the world of basketball,” he said. “I have a new role with the NBA as far as being a NBA Cares Ambassador. [I’ll be] going around and participating in different community outreach programs. I’ll be supporting current and former NBA players.”
His new gig will also include “encouraging kids and families to keep a healthy and active lifestyle.”
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