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Not What I Expected

Nov. 21, 2005
Nov. 21, 2005

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Not What I Expected

Last year Celtics rookie Gerald Green, 19, was scoring 33 points per game as a McDonald's All-American forward for Houston's Gulf Shores Academy. After signing a two-year, $2.6 million contract, he has yet to get into a game with Boston. He shares his frustration in his first diary entry for SI Players.

This is an article from the Nov. 21, 2005 issue Original Layout

WELCOME TO the NBA, huh? Things haven't gone quite as I expected. Let's start with the draft. My decision to come to the NBA out of high school wasn't easy. One of the main factors was the expectation that I would be a lottery pick. When I slipped to 18th, I was very disappointed; it was just a horrible night waiting to get picked. But after talking with coach Doc Rivers, I realized I was coming to a great organization that wanted me. I'm going to do everything I can to show them they made the right decision.

A FEW weeks after the draft I flew to Boston and bought a two-bedroom condo in Waltham, [the suburb] where the team's practice facility is. My mom, Brenda, flew up to help me because this is my first time living on my own and I didn't know what I needed. I'd never had to worry about things like toilet paper and shower curtains, so having her here was a blessing. We got on the computer and Mapquested everything, from grocery stores to the nearest Target. She left after a week, and now I'm living with two of my former high school teammates.

SO FAR I'm finding the NBA to be more about business than anything else. I was surprised how many players view the NBA as more of a job than playing a game. I also have to deal with not playing right now. I had an O.K. preseason, but Coach told me an hour before we took the floor on opening night that he thought I wasn't ready. I take [not playing] as motivation, just like the draft. I'm in the gym every day, even after games. If I keep working hard, good things will happen.

PHOTORICHARD SCHULTZ (GREEN TYPING)PHOTOBRIAN BABINEAU/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (GREEN IN ACTION)PHOTOSPORTS ILLUSTRATED IMAGING (DIARY)