HoopsHype Willie Green rumors

January 4, 2011 Updates

Forward Jason Smith, who was traded along with Green to the Hornets for Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins, knows how important it was for Green to come back to his teammates. "It's been tough on him," Smith said. "From a basketball point of view, we just had to give him some space. It's hard for anyone to deal with something like that. One of the best things you can do is doing this [playing basketball], that's for sure. Our hearts went out to him each and every day. We hope he can recover. He's doing good right now." Philadelphia Daily News

January 1, 2011 Updates

Saying the best thing he can do now is to get back to his normal routine, New Orleans Hornets backup guard Willie Green played Friday for the first time since two of his relatives were killed in a car accident in mid-December. Green missed five games to be with his family in Detroit after his sister and cousin died in a wreck hours after watching him play against the Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Dec. 19. “Life is very precious, and you realize that more and more as you get older,’’ Green said before Friday’s 83-81 victory over the Boston Celtics. “I’m relying on my faith — I’ve always been a spiritual guy — and my teammates and family for support like I’ve been getting. “It helps with dealing with that situation and going on with life. I’m never going to forget about it, the void always is going to be there. But having faith and being spiritual helps me realize there is still life that I have to live.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 30, 2010 Updates
December 27, 2010 Updates

After missing three consecutive games to be with his family after his sister and cousin were killed in a car accident, Hornets backup guard Willie Green is expected to rejoin the team later this week, Williams said. “As tough as it is for his family in talking to him, he thought the best thing maybe is for him to get back to some type of normal routine,’’ Williams said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 22, 2010 Updates

The cousin of New Orleans Hornets guard Willie Green had a blood alcohol level three times Michigan's legal limit at the time of a crash that killed him and the basketball player's sister, police said. Troy Police Lt. Bob Redmond said Wednesday that 27-year-old Ben Green's blood alcohol level was 0.24. Michigan's legal limit is 0.08. Redmond said Green's driver's license had been suspended since 2004 when he was arrested in Detroit for operating a vehicle while impaired. ESPN.com

Police say the cousin of New Orleans Hornets guard Willie Green had a blood alcohol level three times Michigan's legal limit at the time of a crash that killed him and the basketball player's sister. The Detroit News reports that 27-year-old Ben Green's blood alcohol level was 0.24. The state's legal limit is 0.08. The newspaper also reports that his driver's license was suspended. He was driving before the Monday morning crash along Interstate 75 in Troy, about 15 miles north of Detroit. Booth Newspapers

December 20, 2010 Updates
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September 29, 2010 Updates

Last week the Sixers sent forward Jason Smith and guard Willie Green to New Orleans for forwards Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins. The deal, however, was on hold yesterday when New Orleans discovered a problem with Green's knee, so Songaila and Brackins did not participate in the morning workout. The deal was finalized around noon. A source said that the two teams agreed on the option of swapping second-round picks in 2011 to seal the deal. Philadelphia Daily News

September 24, 2010 Updates

This was awkward, even painful. Here was 76ers assistant coach Aaron McKie putting Willie Green through a workout at the team's practice site yesterday morning, knowing Green was within minutes of being officially traded. "And I couldn't tell him," McKie was saying yesterday, after Green and Jason Smith had been dealt to New Orleans for veteran forward Darius Songaila and rookie big man Craig Brackins. Philadelphia Daily News

Worse, McKie and the other players in the gym were there when coach Doug Collins came in to tell Green and explain it to the other players in the gym. "That was heartbreaking," McKie said, "because Willie had his 10-year-old son, Ross, with him, and Ross just walked off the court crying. I told him he'd always be family, and Willie explained it to him, but that was tough." Philadelphia Daily News

Just a couple of hours before the meeting, Collins met with guard Willie Green, the 7-year vet who was dealt yesterday, along with forward Jason Smith, to New Orleans for forwards Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins. Collins choked up when he spoke of having to tell Green of the trade and how Green's young son was crying over the news. That's the type of person, and coach, the fans will see this season. Someone who is emotional and bound with relentless energy, a realist who is confident in knowing what it takes to turn around a team that lost 55 games last season and won only 12 times at home. Philadelphia Daily News

September 23, 2010 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: For those asking about Hornets motivation for today's trade, GM Dell Demps believes SG Willie Green can move over and back up Chris Paul. Twitter

76ers President Rod Thorn announced today that the team has acquired forwards Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for guard Willie Green and forward/center Jason Smith. "We made the move for these two players to add additional depth to our front court and to add out-court shooting, which was an area that we felt needed improving," Thorn said. "Songaila is a hard-working, veteran forward who will give us another option up front and Brackins is a rookie that we feel has a chance to develop into a very productive player at this level." Philadelphia Inquirer

August 10, 2010 Updates

But nothing will humble Green more than the trip he just completed as part of Basketball without Borders Africa, which took him to Dakar, Senegal, to help instruct the top 60 young basketball players from the continent, on and off the court. "We just finished delivering malaria nets to houses in the community," Green said late last week in a phone conversation. "Malaria is a serious killer here of young children and mothers. So anything we can do to help . . . It's just so sad to see so many infected by something that we in America know little about." Philadelphia Daily News

July 26, 2010 Updates

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