Collins keeps spirit of Shepard alive

Dennis Shepard sees late son, murdered in gay-hate crime, in Jason Collins' No. 98

Updated: February 25, 2014, 4:29 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Dennis Shepard caught some of the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on TV Sunday night, which means he caught the most meaningful 10 minutes, 37 seconds of February basketball ever played by an NBA reserve who did not make a single shot. Jason Collins did get his money's worth with five fouls, however, and he sure did set a mean pick.

"It hurt just to watch," Shepard said.

The 65-year-old fan from Casper, Wyo., loved every precious second of it. He did wonder why Collins wasn't ...

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