Jessica Max Stein

Jason Segel: Three Degrees of Jason Collins

Filed By Jessica Max Stein | April 30, 2013 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: basketball, entertainment news, Jason Collins, Jason Segel

segelcollins600full.jpgJason Collins, who yesterday became "the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," joked in his coming out piece about "three degrees of Jason Collins" - having played alongside so many others.

Collins' most surprising teammate, however, is actor and screenwriter Jason Segel, who slam-dunked alongside him in the late 90s on the Harvard-Westlake High School basketball team. The How I Met Your Mother star was known as "Dr. Dunk" at the private Los Angeles high school.

The two Jasons make an intriguing pair. Though devoted to vastly different fields, each has mastered his craft, a glad collaborator yet ultimately an independent success on his own terms.

While Collins and his twin brother Jarrod were the team's star players, Segel made his own contributions.

"I'm not nearly as skilled a basketball player as some of the other guys," Segel told the Los Angeles Times in 1996. "But I have a lot of bravado."

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