Free agent center Jason Collins revealed to Sports Illustrated last week that he is gay. Collins' revelation was announced Monday.
Collins wrote this week's cover story for the magazine after meeting with SI executive editor Jon Wertheim and contributor Franz Lidz.
Wertheim wrote on SI.com that Collins is the "first openly gay athlete in major team sports."
The exclusive is part of a package the magazine is doing on gay athletes.
Collins opens by writing, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black and I'm gay."
His essay explains why he decided to come out and how his family reacted.
"I realized I needed to go public when Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford, told me he had just marched in Boston's 2012 Gay Pride Parade," Collins wrote. "I'm seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, 'me, too.' "
Collins wrote that his family was apprehensive about him revealing his sexual orientation publicly.
Collins' twin brother, Jarron, told SI that he never suspected his brother was gay. The two starred together at Stanford.
---The NBA's Relocation Committee unanimously recommended that the NBA Board of Governors deny the application of the Sacramento Kings to relocate to Seattle.
It is a major victory for Sacramento in its bid to keep the Kings.
The Board will meet the week of May 13 to vote on this matter. The Board, which consists of the league's owners, is not obligated to follow the Relocation Committee's recommendation. But, the Sacramento Bee reported that the committee's vote essentially blocks the impending sale to the Seattle group "likely ensuring that the team will stay put."
--Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich is out for Monday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets with a calf injury and possibly the rest of the playoff series.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Hinrich is in a walking boot and could miss one to two weeks.
--- New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudmire, who had knee surgery March 11, said he could be ready to play in the second round, if the Knicks get there. Knicks coach Woodson said Stoudemire "absolutely" will play if he's ready, according to a report by Newsday.
The Knicks lead their first-round series against the Celtics 3-1.
---The Houston Rockets recalled center Tim Ohlbrecht from Rio Grande Valley of the NBA Development League.