For that matter, would he have played in college? Would any college from which he would have a realistic chance of playing in the NBA have offered him a scholarship to play?
Also, he played for the Nets just after the turn of the century, when they were still based in New Jersey. They made it to the NBA Championship twice (losing both times) with Collins establishing himself as a disciplined, hard-nosed player. One of his teammates—and the team’s star—was Jason Kidd, the Nets’ current coach.
What if he hadn’t had those prior connections to the Nets’ organization? Would they have brought him back, his skills notwithstanding? Would another team that could be enhanced by his skills and experience, but doesn’t have a history with him, consider signing him?