Confidence is key for Gerald Green against tough obstacles
Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green has had a tough rise to stardom with the Phoenix Suns. Originally drafted with the 18th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, Green has spent the last nine years being shuffled around nine other teams across three continents.
The 28-year old was even released by a team in China after only four games. With so many knocks against his confidence, you would wonder why Green just doesn’t quit the sport who didn’t appear to want him. Green however never lost hope that one day he would play in the NBA.
Said Green to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
“Even before I made my high school team, I’d say I want to be a NBA player, and people laughed at me with, ‘Get out of here, you ain’t going to be a NBA player. You don’t even play basketball,’ ” Green said. “I’d say, ‘Yes, I do. I play at the park.’ Then they’d talk even more, like, ‘You hear this kid? He thinks he’s going to be in the league.’ I know this sounds arrogant or cocky or like I’m selling myself, but even on the court now, I don’t think anybody can stop me. I just have that much confidence.”
Confidence and the knowledge that he can succeed in the NBA, even with the knocks he’s taken in the past.
And Green has become an integral part of the Phoenix Suns’ successes during the 2013/14 season. Many fans and analysts believed the Suns would be competing for the NBA Draft Lottery and wouldn’t win more than 25 games. They currently have 47 wins are are sitting within reach of a playoff spot.
Green has established himself as somewhat of a dunk master. Several times during the Sun’s season, he’s dropped monster dunks on opposing teams. Here are a selection of some of his best.