Support filters in for Jason Collins

Updated: February 25, 2014, 6:44 PM ET
By Jovan Buha | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

LOS ANGELES -- Amid the stream of congratulatory calls, emails, texts and tweets Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins has received since becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in one of North America's four major professional leagues Sunday, one stood out.

"I got a text message last night from Billie Jean King," Collins said Tuesday, before the Nets practiced at UCLA. "She just got back from Sochi, and with all that's happening with the loss of her mother, she was great. It was really ...

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