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Gerald Henderson
Gerald Henderson
Position: G
Born: 12/09/87
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $9,000,000
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that the team has signed free-agent guard Gerald Henderson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Gerald Henderson is an experienced veteran that will bring professionalism and leadership to our young group and developing team culture,” said Sixers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo. “Adding a dynamic wing with defensive ability like Gerald is also something that we had hoped to accomplish this off season.”
Gerald Henderson: When I look back at Draft Night, the first word that comes to mind every time is gratitude. It‘s an honor to play in this league and I know I couldn‘t have done it without the support of my family and coaches. One of the first things I did after I was drafted was send Coach K a small gift. It was a little globe paperweight, with a note thanking him for preparing me for the world. I can‘t return all the gifts he‘s given me through his coaching and commitment to help me develop ever since he started recruiting me. The paperweight was to show my appreciation because he had given me so much and been such an amazing influence. He changed my entire way of thinking and whole outlook. I went from thinking and acting young, to thinking strong and acting old during my time at Duke. And more importantly, I learned how to think confidently.
He then asked me what my goals were. I wanted to be ACC Player of the Year. First Team All-ACC. All-American. NBA Player. He said, “Well G, I don‘t think you are close on any of those. If I were a coach, GM or owner, I wouldn‘t draft you. What do you do that makes you an All-American? You aren‘t that. There‘s no reason to think that right now you could be an NBA 2-guard.” At the time, I understood what he was saying, but it pissed me off. I thought I was an NBA player. But I wasn‘t doing nearly enough, and he was right. But like I said — I was pissed. In my mind, I was like, “Alright. I‘m gonna show him. I‘m gonna show him an NBA player. He‘ll see.”
Henderson enters the summer as an unrestricted free agent, and while he certainly enjoyed his first reason in Rip City, the Duke product is taking winning and his ability to make an impact into consideration above all else. Though he’s started for the majority of his career, Henderson admits he can be comfortable coming off the bench in the future just as he did in his inaugural season as a Blazer. “It’s great to start; starting the game is a special thing,” he said. “To be a starter in the NBA is a cool thing, I’ve done it for a long time, but what’s really more important to me is playing significant minutes in times where a team needs you and more of your impact while you’re out on the floor – just being a part of what’s going on. You look at different teams, sometimes the best player comes off the bench, it all depends on what kind of team you have. I’d probably say three or four years ago, [starting] was much more important to me. But whatever situation comes my way this summer, I’ll gauge it on what my impact will be with the team.”
Storyline: Gerald Henderson Free Agency