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The NBA Is Selling Jason Collins Jerseys To Meet "Unprecedented" Demand

Everybody wants to wear No. 98.

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Last Sunday, Jason Collins became the first out athlete to play in an NBA game. Today, Jason Collins jerseys will go on sale even though he's only on a 10-day contract.

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Vicky Picca, the NBA’s senior vice president for licensing and business affairs, said that the league was receiving an "unprecedented" amount of inquiries from fans who want to own a jersey with Collins' name on it.

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Collins’s jersey number of choice is 98, in honor of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student from Wyoming who was murdered in 1998.

On Sunday, the Nets scrambled to get Collins in uniform for a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Collins wore No. 46, a jersey the team travels with in case of emergencies.

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On Sunday's game, he logged 11 minutes, got two rebounds and finished with a plus-8 for his time on the court.

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He tweeted after the Nets' 108-102 victory over the Lakers.

What a day! Great win tonight @BrooklynNets over my hometown @Lakers. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey.

Jason Collins@jasoncollins34

What a day! Great win tonight @BrooklynNets over my hometown @Lakers. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey.

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Today, Collins will get to have his first practice with his new teammates. On Wednesday, he will presumably wear a No. 98 uniform in Portland against the Trail Blazers.

His jersey is available for purchase here.

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