In today’s Smack, we explored the Rockets’ release of Gerald Green in favor of somebody named Mike Harris. Things don’t seem to be able to get much worse for Gerald – he never really cracked the rotation in Boston, he was included in the Kevin Garnett trade but couldn’t get on the floor for the young (and not very good) T-Wolves, was included in a deadline deal with Houston, and now finds himself completely out of a job.
The Houston Chronicle‘s Jonathan Feigen believes that getting cut might actually be the only thing that can save Gerald’s NBA career:
The Rockets did not intend to do Gerald Green a favor by cutting him. They needed a bigger body, and they needed it now. They released Green on Saturday to make room for Rice product Mike Harris.
But Green should take this as the day his career was saved. He was replaced by the guy he needs to become.
If Green played, practiced and most of all competed as hard as Harris, he would not be unemployed today. He has a sweet shot and can jump out of the building. Another team will likely take another shot to teach him how to play. It could be the Rockets.
“We have no formal plans for Gerald in the offseason except we will take a close look at signing him,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. “We feel the same way about Gerald now as before — lots of potential.”
Teams are not giving him away because they can’t see the potential. It’s there. But he has not shown that he sees what it will take to bring it out of him.
He is a good guy, certainly not a bit of trouble. Green does what he is told. There is no defiance in him, so in that sense, someone can work with him and push him. He takes direction. But he has not shown the level of drive he will need to succeed at this level.
What do you think will happen to Green? Will he ever see another second of tick in an NBA jersey?