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Guess Whose Jersey Is The Top Seller On NBA.Com Right Now?

After wearing an emergency No. 46 in his debut on Sunday, Jason Collins will wear his preferred number, 98, for the Nets against the Trail Blazers (note irony) tonight.

America approves, it seems.

The No. 98 honors Matthew Shepard, the victim of an antigay hate crime murder in 1998. New York Daily News:

Shepard’s father Jason spoke to ESPN about the impact Collins and openly gay football player Michael Sam have on kids who are living ‘hidden lives.’

“Jason helps those kids go ahead and live their lives to the fullest, and take their talent in academics, in sports, wherever it can take them,” Jason Shepard said by phone Monday. “Some kids are still living hidden lives, living in fear, and the more you see Jason and Michael Sam and others encouraging them to be themselves, they’ll understand they can get to the top of whatever ladder they’re climbing.”

Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player, signed a 10-day contract with the Nets on Sunday.


The jerseys were available at NBAStore.com and the NBA Store in Manhattan after the league received hundreds of inquiries both online and at the store, the spokesman said.

And the people have spoken. Despite what media and league officials have been saying, you never know how popular a player really is until a high school kid actually shows up in school wearing his jersey.

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