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Kenny Smith Jason Collins Is No Hall of Famer

11/20/2014 8:23 AM PST

Kenny Smith -- Jason Collins Is No Hall of Famer

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He's the first openly gay player in NBA history, but don't expect to see Jason Collins in the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame unless he buys a ticket like everyone else ... so says Kenny Smith.

Collins played 13 seasons in the league -- and was pretty good -- but the fact that he was a pioneer in the world of professional sports won't help him get his picture on the wall in Springfield.

"Your play gets you in [the Hall of Fame], not your sexual preference" ... the "Inside the NBA" star told us.

But Collins has ALREADY been enshrined in another H.O.F. -- the National Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in Chicago ... where he was part of the inaugural class along with Billy Jean King and Greg Louganis. Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!

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