HoopsHype Gerald Green rumors


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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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His story is littered with the typical warning signs that plague a basketball prodigy who was awarded way too much way too soon. He is now straying away from that usual narrative into the sustainable career he once dreamed about. The Nets will fail to make the playoffs for a fifth straight season. The organization is already steered to the summer, to moving to Brooklyn, to its attempt at retaining Deron Williams. These last few games are also the most important of Green's life because they will help determine where he goes next year. "I never would think that I would be back here in the NBA," Green said. "I just would have never thought. I knew I was never going to stop trying. I just thought I blew my chance. A lot of times you get a good opportunity and it never comes again. And I got a second chance." Green looked down at his socks. They bore the silhouette of Jerry West, the NBA's logo. "I can't even tell you, man, how good it is just to be wearing these socks right now," he said. Grantland

Billy King (Nets general manager): "You never know why [Green was out the league for so long]. Sometimes, it's the player. They change. But a lot of times it's just the situation they're put in and the environment, whether it's Jeremy Lin getting to New York and Mike [D'Antoni] just finally putting him into the game. Same thing with Gerald." Grantland

Still, the Celtics traded Green after two seasons with a package that included Al Jefferson and Sebastian Telfair — two other prep-to-pro players — for Kevin Garnett. Green conceded that the trade from Boston shook his confidence. "But at the time, we wasn't winning," he said. "Paul [Pierce] and a lot of players — not to a point a finger — but a lot of players were just going through the motions, just trying to get through this game and get to the next game. When you're winning, you worry about every day, every day just trying to get better. When you're losing, it's 'OK, Let's just hurry up and get through this and get out of here.' When you're winning, it's a whole different atmosphere. I didn't understand a winning atmosphere until I got to Dallas. When I got to Dallas, that's when I understood, 'Wow. We've got to really take things seriously. These people don't play.' Because it's going to build up until you get to around this time and playoffs hit and you've got to be right. You've got to be ready. You can't be asking the same questions in April that you asked in November." Grantland

The Nets offered Green a second 10-day contract and guaranteed him for the season on March 18. He guarded Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant, and Metta World Peace in a game against the Lakers. "He's a much better defender than he was when Doc had him," Johnson said. Green has scored 20 points or more in seven games and dropped 32 points in an overtime game against Cleveland. He did this against the Rockets. The play is familiar to those that know him even if it came as largely a surprise to the NBA. "He still jumps out the gym," Nelson said. "He still shoots the hell out of the basketball. So what is he doing now that he didn't do before? His confidence is up. He's got confidence now. You've got to understand, when you go to the D-league and when you go overseas, at that stage of the game, you have nothing else to lose besides being sent home." Grantland

Green will again be without a team this summer. But it should not take long before he lands another job and his NBA future is finally secure. "Everybody wants to be a superstar," Green said. "I understand that probably won't be me. I just want to be a productive player in this league. When I retire, I want people to look at me and say, 'Gerald Green, he was a winner. He brung it every night. He didn't give up. And that's what I want to be about. I want people to remember me not just as a dunker." Grantland

April 18, 2012 Updates

He has said it before but Wednesday Gerald Green said it again. Just a little more emphatically. Green wants to be with the Nets next season and would even offer a hometown discount. “Here, definitely with the Nets,” Green said when asked for his preference. “I have a strong feeling I’m going to be with the Nets. I don’t feel like I’m going to be anywhere else. I know I’m not getting any feedback now from anybody. I can’t. Can’t talk to anybody. So I have a strong feeling about here. They want me here I want to be here. It’s not like I have to weigh my options. I really don’t have any options.” New York Post

Now if someone blew him away with a ridiculous offer, he’d have to accept. But in a comparable market the Nets would be his first choice. He would even take less money he said, to stay. “Most definitely I would,” Green said without pause. “I’m about loyalty and this team was the first team to pick me up for the year. They gave me an opportunity. They gave me a shot. Look what they’re doing. Our record doesn’t speak for itself. We’re a lot better team than our record says. "I strongly feel that and everybody on this team does too. So I think this season was a season where we can kind of see where we’re at and I would love to be a part of what’s going on in the future.” New York Post

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"I'm trying to play with my head and not my athleticism," Green said. "This league has a lot of athletes. I know I need to be more than that. I'm a lot smarter. Defensively, I've learned rotations better. I had to develop somewhere. My high school is closed down. I couldn't get tips from my college coaches because I didn't go to one. I've been trying to learn as much as I can but I have always been on the move, learning from four or five different teams." SI.com

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