Jason Collins on Saturday signed with the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season.

“It's cool,” Collins is quoted as saying by ESPN.com. “Thank you to the Nets organization, coaches and players, the team is playing really well right now, and I'm glad to continue to be here.”

In signing with the Nets, Collins, who came out gay on the cover of Sports Illustrated last year, became the NBA's first active openly gay player.

Collins was asked about comparisons between him and Jackie Robinson, both of whom broke barriers in Brooklyn, before playing his first at home game last week.

“I'm just trying to be Jason Collins,” he answered. “What Jackie Robinson did for the sport of baseball and our society [is] tremendous. But I am just trying to be Jason Collins.”

Collins has also received warm ovations from fans.