jason collins

*We can’t say that we’re the least bit surprised to learn that the Brooklyn Nets have signed Jason Collins to play out the rest of this NBA season with the team. 

As the league’s first openly gay player Collins completed his second 10-day contract, which meant the Nets had to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wanted to keep him.

Since joining the team, he hasn’t put up spectacular numbers, but has five points, six rebounds and six steals in eight games since signing his first deal on Feb. 23.

But the bottom line is that he’s proving to be a reliable big man on a team that lost center Brook Lopez for the season and has recently been without Kevin Garnett because of back spasms.

This is Collins’ 13th season in the league, six of which were with the Nets in previous years.

drake*How about this. Drake has got himself a Woodie!

OK, get your mind out the gutter. It’s not that kind of woodie, it’s an award. It was bestowed upon him at MTV’s annual South By Southwest-based awards show Thursday night.

Specifically, Drake won Woodie of the Year, given to music‘s top emerging artist, during the Woodie Awards in Austin.

Drake wasn’t there to pick up his award, but the man who founded Drake’s label, Young Money, Lil Wayne was, and he shocked the crowd when he officially kicked off the show and dropped a verse from his own 2008 smash “A Milli.” He later accepted Drake’s award for him.

In other Woodie Award news, The 1975 took the breaking Woodie for best new artist. Chance the Rapper got best video Woodie for “Everybody’s Something” and Ed Sheeran earned the performing Woodie.

Beyonce was given props for her guerrilla album release last December, and A$AP Rocky and Skrillex who won for their collaboration “Wild For the Night.”

The awards show was taped Thursday night with The 1975, Childish Gambino, Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea performing and will air at 8pm Eastern tonight, Sunday, on MTV.