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Orien Greene
Orien Greene
Position: None
Born: 02/04/82
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:207 lbs. / 94.3 kg.
The point guard options the Nuggets will bring in include Matt Bouldin, Cedric Jackson, Orien Greene and Tyrese Rice with Greene being the best known prospect following a few successful seasons in the D-league that’s included numerous stints on an NBA roster. The wings in attendance are pretty impressive, at least as far as free agent options go, as Rodney Carney, J.R. Giddens, DeMarre Carroll, Mickael Gelabale and Alan Anderson will work out. All five players were drafted by an NBA franchise, but Carney has probably had the most illustrious career considering he’s been on an NBA roster ever since being a first round pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.
Among the free agents the Wolves will work out Thursday and Friday are former NBA players Quincy Douby, Orien Greene, J.R. Giddens, Steven Hunter, Cedric Jackson, Matt Janning, Alexander Johnson, Jerel McNeal, James Singleton and John Thomas; second-year players who played in the D-League last season including Matt Bouldin and DeShawn Sims; former Memphis guard Darius Washington Jr. who is most famous for missing clutch free-throws; former D-League standout James Mays who spent the last two seasons in China and Turkey; and a fellow by the name of Chris Daniels who either attended college in Georgia or at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (I’m guessing it’s the latter).
At least two D-League teams have filed a formal complaint to the D-League arguing that Greene should not be allowed to re-join the Utah Flash. The league’s executive committee — made up of various team’s front office personnel — is also filing a complaint as well with the league. The reason for the complaints, I’m told, are that since the D-League is FIBA-sanctioned, Greene should not be allowed to play if he’s been ruled ineligible to play elsewhere. The complaints also brought up an issue that questioning the D-League front office as it has apparently bent the rules for the Utah Flash and Greene after not being willing to do so for other teams in the league.
Greene will be able to appeal, but really there’s no point: The paperwork, processing and ruling will all take weeks and even if FIBA’s decision is reversed, it will likely come until after the playoffs are over. But, talking with a source with knowledge of the situation, FIBA’s decision to prolong Greene’s suspension comes under questionable circumstances. If Greene isn’t allowed to play in the CBA which is a professional league registered under FIBA, then why was signed off to play in the D-League and the NBA, which are also registered FIBA leagues? What at least on the surface seems like a major inconsistency in FIBA’s logic has seemingly cost Greene a job. “Somebody messed up,” the source said.
After signing Orien Greene for a playoff run that will start tonight at home against top-seeded Xinjiang, Beijing has learned that its freshly arrived import won’t be allowed to play in the CBA after FIBA has extended Greene’s two-year suspension from all FIBA competitions, which started on March 12, 2009, through July. Greene, who has been in the country as of Friday, had been awaiting FIBA’s verdict since arriving in Beijing and thus hasn’t practiced with his new team. Greene’s suspension was handed down by FIBA in June 2010 after it was determined that the ex-Florida Gator tampered with a urine sample while playing professionally for a team in the Netherlands.
Orien Greene hasn’t played in the NBA since he appeared in seven games with the Sacramento Kings during the 2007-08 season, but he’s apparently shown the New Jersey Nets that he deserves another chance as a source has confirmed to FanHouse that Greene has received a 10-day call-up from the team. Greene, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Louisiana-Lafayette, was the 53rd overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Greene has played in 128 career NBA games, including seven starts, but the defensive stalwart was never able to get his offense going as he averaged just 2.5 points on 39 percent shooting in stints with the Celtics, Kings and Indiana Pacers.
Ask Greene — who has played briefly for the Pacers and Kings, as well as in New Zealand, Jerusalem, Amsterdam and Orem, Utah since leaving the Celtics — and he’ll tell you the same thing. “The drug test. That night in Boston. Everything. … I would have done a lot of things different. If not for those, maybe I wouldn’t be at this point right now,” he explains. “That’s the thing: I wish that I would have been a little bit more professional when I was in the league.”
Meanwhile, at age 28 Greene continues to deliver elite defense for the D-League’s Utah Flash, to go with — as of today — 23 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals while making 48 percent of his 3-pointers, and 52 percent of all field goals. How is a guy like this not in the NBA? Ask NBA front offices and you’ll hear that he’s a perfectly good player, but something of a knucklehead; Near the end of that rookie year he was pulled over going close to 100 miles an hour in suburban Boston, for instance. There have been drug test issues.