“Jason's a good guy,” Westbrook said. “I know him personally … Jason's been a player in this league for numerous years, and regardless of what he does off the floor he comes to work every day and does his job.”
Fisher said that's what teammates are likely to focus most on, Collins' performance.
“Whether people choose to treat him differently because of his orientation,” Fisher said, “the guys in his locker room will ultimately judge him based on how he can help the team win basketball games and what kind of teammate he is.”
Current Nets players Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were teammates of Collins with Boston last year. Fisher said those previously existing relationships should help.
“I don't think they'll be surprised at just how great of a person he is and how great of a teammate he'll be,” Fisher said.
It's those who are on the outside world that Fisher isn't so sure about.
“In my opinion, it won't change his experience within his team, within the league,” Fisher said. “Whether fans or other people outside of our business choose to treat him differently, I can't say. But like I said, many of his teammates he's been on teams with before. He's been on multiple teams. He's been in and out of multiple locker rooms. And so I think guys know him for who he is as a person and really won't be concerned with the news of how he chooses to live.”