G Money. The future. The man who would replace Paul Pierce.
Gerald Green was called all those things and more. But by the time this season is done, Green will have gone from being heralded as the successor to a future Hall of Famer… to a free agent hoping to hook on with his third team in four years.
There are still plenty of Gerald Green fans around here. A lot of you blamed Doc Rivers. But now another organization is looking at Gerald and passing. He’s got a decent jumper. He obviously can jump through the roof. But his seemingly flat-out refusal to improve on his fundamentals is going to cost him. His next contract may not pay him as much as he’s getting in his rookie scale contract.
The play that sums it up was the play highlighted on last night’s broadcast. Late in the game… Leon Powe tracked down a long offensive board in the corner. It worked out that Gerald was covering him. Then, inexplicably, Gerald left him to find his own man. Rather than call out his man and tell someone to pick him up… he leaves the man with the ball. Leon proceeds to get the hoop and the foul…. a key play in a 1 point loss.
Its bonehead plays like that that will ultimately run Gerald out of the league. I’ll even look past the yapping he did when he went on a little run. He’s a young kid pissed off about a trade. The good thing for him, though, is that he’s so athletic…. someone will give him a shot. Hell, maybe in the right system, he’ll do well. All I know is that right now… the guy we were so hyped up about here… is on the verge of heading to Europe…. or falling into the NBDL draft.
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One other note: It doesn’t look like Damon Stoudemire will be bought out