Jason Collins, who returned to the NBA on Sunday with the Brooklyn Nets, says players treat him the same.

Collins came out gay last year on the cover of Sports Illustrated and became the first open gay active player in the NBA when he signed a 10-day contract with the Nets.

“It's the same,” Collins told CNN's Rachel Nichols. “It's the same environment. Everything's the same.”

“Like I said before, 12 years in the NBA, not a problem, not an issue. Year 13, not a problem not an issue. Same old, same old,” he said with a laugh.

The 35-year-old Collins added that he had joined a “fraternity” with “other athletes who sort of are in the same position as I am.”

“So many great athletes that I've met along my journey. It's really great to hear each others' stories and inspire each other,” Collins said.