"I flew in to Salt Lake City today and seeing the snow on the ground, I was like, 'oh man, that cold weather!'" said Collins, who lives in Los Angeles. "But it's nice to be back here in a basketball environment, and I'm looking forward to doing the broadcast tomorrow."
Collins played ten years in the NBA, the first eight with the Jazz. It was difficult for him to walk away from basketball two years ago, but Collins is happy to be back in the game he loves.
"I know that I wanted to stay in involved in basketball," Collins said. "Broadcasting allows me a great opportunity to learn different systems and getting a peek behind the curtain."
A Stanford graduate, Collins knows all about doing his homework. But he says it takes more work to get ready for a broadcast than to play a game.
"You have to get the back stories, get here early and find out what are the stories to be told during the broadcast," said Collins, who is in his first year with the Pac-12 Network.
Collins twin brother Jason made international headlines this past summer, coming out as the first openly gay player in the four major sports. But Jason Collins is still looking for a team.
"My brother still continues to play," Jarron said. "Anything more than that, I don't know other than my whole thing through this whole process with my brother is just to love him and support him, and I do."