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Collins' decision to come out as gay draws support from former coach Doc Rivers, players

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    FILE - Boston Celtics center Jason Collins battles Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) for a rebound during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in Los Angeles. NBA veteran center Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday, April 29, 2013 on Sports Illustrated's website.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In a Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 file photo, Boston Celtics' Jason Collins poses during Celtics NBA basketball media day at the team's training facility in Waltham, Mass. NBA veteran center Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday, April 29, 2013 on Sports Illustrated's website. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) (The Associated Press)

Boston Celtics players are voicing support for Jason Collins.

The Celtics practiced for the first time Tuesday since their former teammate said he was gay on Sports Illustrated's website Monday.

Kevin Garnett says he's happy Collins can be himself. Jason Terry says it seems like a tremendous weight has been lifted from Collins. And Jeff Green called him an "awesome" teammate who set good screens.

Paul Pierce adds that Collins told him Monday morning he was gay. Coach Doc Rivers says Collins informed him a few days ago, but learning the news was a "nonfactor" for him.

The Celtics practiced for Wednesday night's game in New York. The Knicks lead the series 3-1 and can wrap it up with a win.

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