Celtics players happy for former teammate Collins

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By HOWARD ULMAN, Associated Press

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — 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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