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After extended stops in Russia and China, he was invited to a Lakers mini-camp in the summer of ’11 but participated in just two practices—hardly enough, in Green’s mind, for the team to get a good look at him. So Green landed in the D-League, with L.A. D-Fenders, coached by Eric Musselman. A former NBA head coach with the Warriors and Kings, Musselman pushed Green to improve his handles and defense. “Eric Musselman, I really have to thank him a lot in terms of my career,” begins Green. “If I could thank him every day, I would, because he was probably the one person that helped me get back in the League. He helped motivate me, he prepared me. He just showed me a different way of scoring, a different way of playing defense. I have to give a lot of credit to him for me being back.” SLAM

September 19, 2012 Updates

One of the silver linings in last year’s injury-filled Nets season was their ability to mine talent from the D-League. But besides the most obvious example in Gerald Green, who became one of the league’s biggest surprises last season after getting called up, the Nets also used their own affiliate, the Springfield Armor, to supply them with guard Jerry Smith and forward Dennis Horner. That synergy between the Nets and their D-League affiliate will continue this weekend, when the Armor hold an open tryout at the Nets’ practice facility. “The idea is that the Springfield Armor are part of the Nets,” said Milton Lee, the Nets’ General Manager of Minor League Operations. “We’re trying to use it on many different platforms, the most important being developing our Nets players. “Secondly, it’s developing players we have in Springfield and identifying D-League candidates for the NBA. And, thirdly, it’s searching outside of people already in the league for potential D-League caliber and maybe even NBA caliber players.” New York Post

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But he could dazzle. Green won the 2007 NBA dunk contest during All-Star weekend and finished runner-up a year later after simultaneously slamming the ball and blowing out a candle on a cupcake that sat above the rim. Thirteen months later, he was out of the league, relegated to playing professionally in Russia. Then he was in China. Then, the NBA Development League. "I didn't grow up playing in my backyard dreaming of playing in Russia," Green said. Indianapolis Star

July 12, 2012 Updates

The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have signed free agent guard/forward Gerald Green ( Photo Gallery » ) to a contract. Per club policy terms of the contract were not released. Green, 6-8, 200 lbs., is a five-year veteran who has played for five teams in the NBA. Most recently, he finished the 2011-12 season with the New Jersey Nets, where he averaged 12.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. In his career, he has averaged 8.3 ppg and 2.2 rpg. NBA.com

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Green was in the sixth grade when a freak accident left him with half of his ring finger. Wearing his mother's class ring, the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk champion tried to jam on a makeshift hoop attached to a doorway. The ring caught on a nail and his finger was ripped to the bone. Amputation was the only option. "All you saw was nothing but white bone, like a skeleton," Green said. "They said my tendons, all my ligaments were ripped out." New York Daily News

He's also more comfortable with himself and his finger, a product of growing up. When Deron Williams - the locker-room king of busting chops - made a crack about Green's finger, it was embraced with a response much different from his youth. "It moves like a Rottweiler tail," Green said while shaking his finger. "It's something that you do regret in my life that happened to me," he later said. "At the same time I can't sit there and dwell on that and keep pushing forward and move on. I think that's the story of me period. When things just get bad you can't quit, you just have to keep fighting." New York Daily News

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