July 02, 2008
After tempting us in Boston, flaming out in Minnesota, and barely showing up in his hometown of Houston, high-flyer (legally required to call him that) Gerald Green has signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. It's not mentioned in the story from the Dallas Morning News, but it's hard to imagine the deal being guaranteed, and it's likely for the league minimum.
Now, Green has had his moments (after the jump), and he did win the Slam Dunk Contest in 2007, but to me he's known for possibly the most damning hoops anecdote of the modern era. And by "modern," I mean "post-Stromile Swift." It's from Britt Robson, from The Rake:
"During a Wolves' timeout in the second quarter, Gerald Green spent the entire time well removed from the circular huddle, where, you know, he might glean some information that would improve on his reputation for not knowing where to go in the offensive and defensive sets. Instead Green was conversing with the injured Ratliff near the end of the bench. Twelve seconds after play resumed, Gomes picked up his third foul and with McCants also saddled with three, Sichting sent Green into the game. Thirty eight seconds after that, Green receives a pass just over center court from McCants for his first touch. Kobe and Lakers' rookie Jarvis Crittenton immediately sneak up behind Green and knock the ball from his grasp, resulting in a ruthlessly gorgeous, but rather embarrassing to Green, breakaway slam by Kobe. Two or three years from now, Gerald Green will be back in his old neighborhood, alternately bragging about his NBA career and complaining how he got screwed because nobody gave him a chance to play."
It will be kind of hard to do that in Dallas, what with the owner closer to the huddle than some backup centers, but we're pullin' for ya, GG.