Support for Collins as Nuggets host Nets

KUSA- Jason Collins will play against the Nuggets Thursday night in Denver for the first time since making his historic signing with the Brooklyn Nets.

Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Nets last week becoming the first openly gay athlete to play professional sports.

Since then, his jersey has become a hot commodity. It's currently the number one jersey in sales in the NBA.

"It's historical, especially with him being the first player to do it. Also, he's black and it's Black History Month," said a smiling Kenneth Faried after practice Thursday.

Faried was raised by his mother, who is lesbian, and has been outspoken for gay rights issues.

[READ: Is the NBA ready for a gay player? Faried says that doesn't matter]

"It helped me growing up because my mom was gay and with Jason Collins coming out as an athlete to be gay and an active athlete also is very supportive," Faried continued.

Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw thinks the Collins signing is great for the league as a whole.

"The only thing that matters is that he's a good basketball player and if he can help his team win that's all that anyone should be concerned about," Shaw said.

Tip-off for Thursday night's game at Pepsi Center is 8:30 p.m.


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