That's pretty amazing, just like his road back into the league.

At the end of his career and a free agent, most wondered if the 35-year-old Collins, who came out officially nine months ago, would ever be signed to join in NBA squad.

It wasn't just if he could play anymore, but whether players would be accepting of an "out" player in their locker room. Let's face it, guys have been in denial that there already were gay men among them.

This stepping out there alone is nothing new for Brooklyn.

BK, the mover-and-shaker borough of NYC, went against the grain in 1947 when the Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson to be the first African American player in Major League Baseball.

To add perspective, the New York Yankees, just a borough away, didn't come around and add a black player until 1955 when Elston Howard put on pinstripes.

Hence, Brooklyn's signing of Robinson was a huge step. It not only broke the color barrier in the segregated national pastime, it also made black people feel better about themselves, that they were finally a part of this country and just as worthy to be on the same stage as white people.

Some look at this Collins' moment on par, a player with a uniform that reads "Brooklyn" across the front doing something no one else had done before in these United States.

Others claim it's an insult to put Collins and Robinson in the same sentence. That group doesn't believe someone's race and their sexuality are the same. It's a long-standing debate neither side will give in on.

Nonetheless, Robinson and Collins are comparable as both are pioneers. And both had courage.