His career clock now becomes trickier to read, in part a reflection of how enlightened the sports world is beyond platitudes and pleasantries, how ready the N.B.A. and by extension the mainstream sports culture really is for an openly gay male in its locker rooms.
Collins made it clear in his Sports Illustrated article that he had no plans to retire. That unquestionably places the burden on the league to not only avoid the antipathy it would encounter if Collins was not to have a job next season, but to allow him to play under the banner of perceived social progress.
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