Gerald Green Video: Watch Nets Guard Finish Alley-Oop with Windmill Jam
Congratulations, Gerald Green.
Not only did you remind the world that yes, you do still play professional basketball, you also finished one of the sickest alley-oops in recent memory.
The poster boy of high schoolers who shouldn't have jumped straight to the NBA, Green briefly showed why he was once a first-round pick.
He led all scorers on Saturday, dropping 26 points in 23 minutes off the bench. He hit 10-of-15 field-goal attempts, the fanciest of which was that dope windmill above. However, the Nets still lost to the Rockets 112-106, their 28th defeat of this truncated season.
Green has been an afterthought in NBA circles for years. He was the worst of a growing list of awful Danny Ainge draft picks, and aside from a few decent dunk-contest performances, his impact in the NBA hasn't exactly been substantial.
He was a bust in Boston, he had some brief stints with Houston, Minnesota and Dallas, and he spent the last few years getting cut by teams in China and Russia. Now, he's surviving on 10-day contracts from the terrible Nets franchise.
This Nets season has been similar to every other one since 2007. They get stomped on a regular basis, and although there's a glimmer of hope that Dwight Howard will rescue them, it's overshadowed by the fact that their team will likely be awful for years to come.
The diehard fans in New Jersey deserve something to be excited about, and Green certainly gave them that on Saturday. Unfortunately for everyone, however, not even a sick dunk can mask the harsh reality of a bleak situation.
Green and the Nets will both continue to struggle mightily in the coming months.
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