Phoenix Suns' Hornacek: Gay NBA player 'not a big deal'

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The NFL could be about to have their first openly gay player, after likely NFL draftee Michael Sam came out publicly today.

And Phoenix Suns' head coach Jeff Hornacek believes that a similar event in the NBA would not be a big deal.

Speaking on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, the rookie head coach was asked if the league was ready for an openly gay player:

"I think so,

"If you can look back to when I was playing, maybe 25 or 30 years ago, maybe it would have been different," he told hosts Doug and Wolf.

But the Suns' coach is convinced that the game, and society, has progressed to such an extent that there would be no issue for modern athletes:

"When Magic Johnson came out with HIV, they though it was going to be a big deal - and maybe there were a couple of guys it was going to be a big deal for, but really guys are just athletes, football players, whatever,

"In today's world, I really don't think it's a big deal anymore," said Hornacek.

While there are currently no active NBA players who are openly homosexual, current free agent and game veteran Jason Collins came out last April at the end of the 2012-13 regular season.

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