Ellen DeGeneres once humorously observed, “No one gives you a cake and says, ‘Congratulations, you’re gay!’” But we’re in 21st-century Brooklyn, not Kansas, Dorothy, and Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, pretty much got that cake in the form of a standing o as he played his first home game at the Park-Slope-adjacent Barclay’s Center as a Brooklyn Net.
Brooklyn started its friendship with the 35-year-old center cautiously, with a 10- day contract, but once the Nets had a solid victory over the Bulls while he was on the court, his contract was extended 10 more days, which customarily means he’s in for the season. So then it’s settled – we have the new Will to our Grace, except much more athletic! We’re going to drag him right over to Brooklyn Industries and get him suited up in a classic BI hoodie. Then across the street to Goorin the hat shop, for a must-have straw fedora, to get his Brooklyn dandy on. You know, now that we’re shopping for Jason, we realize that with all the cutesie boutiques on 5th ave for girls, the neighborhood is woefully short on places to buy clothes for 7-foot-tall handsome gay basketball players. Somebody – get on that!