He looked identical to Jason Collins, wearing a sweater and slacks on the Celtics bench before Boston took on the Lakers last Wednesday at Staples Center. It was Jason’s brother, Jarron Collins, a scout with the Los Angeles Clippers, who was working the game.
Jarron played 10 seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Utah Jazz, but has retired into the world of scouting and is a part-time college basketball analyst, Boston Globe reported.
Jarron Collins started his NBA career with the Utah Jazz, and spent his first 8 seasons there. Throughout his career, he played for the Jazz, Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers and Portland TrailBlazers.
He holds career averages of 3.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg in 15.8 minutes of playing time,
The brothers played together in high school and college at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles and at Stanford, and simultaneously in the NBA for 10 years, but the fact that they are no longer playing together is something Jarron has grown comfortable with.
“For me, personally, watching him play, I’m very proud of him,” said Jarron, who watched his brother play his final game with the Celtics before being traded to the Wizards. “He’s in his 12th year and he’s still doing this thing.
“I read the comments by Doc [Rivers] and see he’s appreciated for what he does and what he brings to the team. He’s not the most explosive guy and he’s not going to do things that are necessarily going to show up in the stat sheet, but he does things that help impact the game in a positive way.”
Jarron said he and Jason talk one to three times a day, as they did during their NBA careers. Jason went to two NBA Finals with the Nets while Jarron became a fan favorite in Utah for his workmanlike style.
“It’s different,” Jarron said. “I’ve got three kids here in Los Angeles with my wife, and he lives the family life vicariously through me and I live the NBA basketball life vicariously through him.
“Again, the scouting that I do with the Clippers and the college broadcasting allow me to remain close to the sport I love. Both my brother and myself have been extremely blessed and lucky to have played the game. Through his work ethic and his dedication, he’s doing his thing.”
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