Brooklyn's NBA team will keep Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, after signing him in February to a short-term contract.
The history-making athlete's number 98 Nets jersey is currently the top seller on NBA.com.
The first out active NBA player will wear number 98 with the Nets as tribute to Matthew Shepard, the gay college student whose murder in 1998 fueled the adoption of hate-crime laws.
Collins played 11 minutes for the Brooklyn Nets against the Los Angeles Lakers and was greeted warmly by fans.
The out NBA player sat near Willie Robertson during the State of the Union address but couldn’t reach out to the reality star due to the hordes of Republican congressmen jockeying for photo ops.
A group of athletes spoke at the U.N. about the importance of combating homophobia in sports.