Prior to tonight's Nets/Lakers game, Kobe Bryant was asked about Jason Collins becoming the first openly gay player to compete in an NBA game and the Black Mamba had nothing but great things to say about the 35-year-old center. Here's a rundown of the amazing things Bryant had to say about Collins.

  • “His impact (Sunday night) is greater than what people think. You look at it from the context of having the first openly gay player. But they missed the domino effect that it has way beyond sports."
  • "There is a kid out there who … is going to say, ‘Jason gave me strength in dark moments to be brave. He gave me courage to step up and accept myself for who I am despite what others might be saying or the public pressures. He gave me strength and bravery to be myself.’”

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[via Yahoo! Sports]