In this photo provided by ABC, NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins, left, poses for a photo with television journalist George Stephanopoulos, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Eric McCandless) by Jeff Pearlman (CNN) — It was merely a dream, wasn’t it? That whole Jason Collins thing of six months ago — never happened, right? The headline news of his becoming the first openly gay active male professional athlete in a team sport. The Sports Illustrated cover. The supportive tweets from everyone ranging from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to Jason Kidd and LeBron James. The interviews. The raves (“Game-changing!”). The altered landscape.
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In this May 17, 1992 file photo, Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan drives on New York Knicks’ Gerald Wilkins during the first quarter of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Swart, File) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA legend Michael Jordan believes he could beat LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime. He’s not sure about Kobe Bryant.
In a March 2, 2011 file photo, Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James, center, sits with his girlfriend Savannah Brinson, right, at a new computer during a charity event at the Northwest Boys & Girls Club in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) by Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer (AP)- LeBron James wanted his wedding day to be perfect and private. It appears he got both.
Miami Heat fans celebrate the Championship after the Heat’s win against the San Antonio Spurs after the Game 7 of the NBA final basketball series in Miami on Friday, June 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano) by David Fischer and Christine Amario MIAMI (AP) — Miami Heat fans pumped fists jubilantly, uncorked champagne bottles and swarmed into the streets by the thousands to celebrate overnight after their team captured its second straight NBA title. “The Heat they did it again! Best team in the world!” one fan shouted. Others chanted raucously: “Let’s go Heat! Let’s go Heat!” The street celebration erupted in the closing seconds of the Heat’s 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs. It was a winner-takes-all final game that brought fans streaming into the area around the AmericanAirlines Arena to exchange high-fives, blow whistles and scream themselves hoarse.
Miami Heat players including LeBron James, top center, celebrate after Game 7 of the NBA basketball championship game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, June 21, 2013, in Miami. The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win their second straight NBA championship. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) by Brian MahoneyAP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James will always remember his first championship. History will remember this one. The way the Heat won — or the way James wouldn’t let them lose — makes them one of the greats. A Game 6 comeback when it appeared to be over, then a stirring Game 7 victory over a proud opponent cemented a place with the NBA’s giants for this Miami team and its leader. “Last year when I was sitting up here with my first championship, I said it was the toughest thing I had ever done,” James said. “This year, I’ll tell last year he’s absolutely wrong. This was the toughest championship right here between the two.” And the San Antonio Spurs will always know it’s a title they let slip away.
Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) is defended by San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green during the second half at Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball series, June 16, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) by Brian MahoneyAP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — With the old Manu Ginobili back, the San Antonio Spurs looked like champs again. One more victory and their Big Three, not Miami’s, will be the one that rules the NBA. Ginobili broke out of a slump in a big way with 24 points and 10 assists in his first start of the season, and the Spurs beat the Heat 114-104 on Sunday night to take a 3-2 lead.
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) makes the final shot of the game against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game, Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) by Brian Mahoney MIAMI (AP) — Tony Parker’s shot to clinch Game 1 wasn’t pretty, but it quickly took its place among some of the great NBA Finals finishes.
LeBron James (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) by Tim Reynolds MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James was at his best this season, and the voters tasked with selecting the NBA’s Most Valuable Player took notice. Every voter except one, that is.
TOP PICK-Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner, the No. 1 overall pick the WNBA draft, holds a team jersey with head coach Corey Gaines during a news conference Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) FIRST TO COME OUT–In this April 17, photo, Washington Wizards center Jason Collins, right, battles for a rebound against Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich during a NBA basketball game in Chicago. Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) by Martha Irvine CHICAGO (AP) — It may be a man’s world, as the saying goes, but lesbians seem to have an easier time living in it than gay men do.
JASON COLLINS (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) NEW YORK (AP) — NBA veteran Jason Collins became the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay.