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Busy Jason Collins will decide by next month if he wants to try to play in NBA next season

Tells Gay Star News: 'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be'
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Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, tells Gay Star News he isn't sure he wants to try and return to the league for another season.

'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be,' Collins said at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conference in Chicago on Saturday (23 August).

Collins, 35, said he will decide by late September whether or not he wants to resume training.

Not that he is letting himself get out of shape.

'I still run,' he said. 'I don't want to turn into Charles Barkley.'

Since coming out on the cover of Sports Illustrated in April 2013, Collins has become a sought-after celebrity and demands for his time only increased when he was hired to play the last part of the season by the Brooklyn Nets.

Collins continued to train by running up to five miles a day and worked out with weights as he waited for a team to call then played through the end of May without a break.

Since the season ended, he's been to Wimbledon, has been named to the President's Council on Fitness and Nutrition and done various speaking engagements.

He next plans to attend the US Open in New York, is doing an MSNBC appearance with Martina Navratilova and is also working with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

'I'm a gold platinum member on so many different airlines,' he jokes of his travel schedule. 'There's a lot of great stuff. I've been enjoying this summer.'

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