The Brooklyn Nets last night travelled to Los Angeles to face the Lakers in what was, without a doubt, one of the most important games in the history of North American sports.
Newly-signed Nets centre Jason Collins was to become the first openly gay player to feature in an NBA game. Yet all Collins was worried about was playing well in his first appearance since 2013.
"Right now I'm focusing on trying to learn the plays, learning the coverages and the game plan and the assignments. So I didn't have time to really think about history," he said in a press conference before the game.
"The pressure is playing in an NBA game tonight and last time I played in an NBA game was last April. So I think that's enough pressure right there."
The veteran big man was officially signed on a 10 day contract earlier in the day and with 10 minutes and 28 seconds left to play in the second quarter, history was made.
Brooklyn general manager Billie Jean King was adamant the move was made purely in an effort to improve the struggling Nets - who traded away rebounding machine Reggie Evans and missed out on Glen 'Big Baby' Davis - in a statement which read: "The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision.
"We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract."
The Nets beat the Lakers 108-102 at Staples Center and their record has now improved to 26-28. Paul Pierce drained 25 points for the visitors, while point guard Deron Williams added 30 for Jason Kidd's crew.
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