Mark Jackson Won't Rule Out Coaching Jason Collins, Talks Christian Values
Mark Jackson was asked on Monday to respond to Jason Collins' disclosure of his status as a gay man.
Jackson, who works for openly gay team president Rick Welts, has received attention for his ubiquitous Christianity as head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
"As a Christian man, I have beliefs of what's right and what's wrong," replied Jackson. "That being said, I know Jason Collins, I know his family and I'm certainly praying for them at this time."
Jackson was asked if Collins would be welcomed on the Warriors.
"If he had game. If he could help this team. Right now, he can't help this team."
Welts spoke to the media after Jackson.
"(Collins) absolutely will receive more opportunities," said Welts. "More doors will open than close."
The NBA community has been overwhelmingly supporting of Collins' announcement to Sports Illustrated.
ESPN's Chris Broussard said some players he spoke to told him privately that they might be uncomfortable playing with Collins.