Originally Posted by SonOfLe-loLang
It's only a barrier no one's crossed if he actually plays next season. Otherwise its not really any diff from John Amaechi's story. I really think it needs to be a young star.
I do think we've seen a wider reaction to this than Amaechi just in terms of players in the NBA (Kobe, Dwyane Wade for instance) voicing immediate support.
It's unfortunate the "active player" aspect is a little fuzzy, but I do see a difference here. This is a guy who plans on being in an NBA locker room next year. And, if nothing else, the headlines are all presenting it that way. It's not an all-star coming out, but Collins has likely made coming out a little less daunting to a young player that might be considering.