In a span of 18days last month Celtics rookie guard-forward Gerald Green, 20, was recalledfrom the NBA's developmental league, sent back down after six games withBoston, then recalled again after one game in the NBDL. Green, a first-roundpick averaging 1.6 points and 4.6 minutes since returning to the NBA, reflectson a whirlwind month.
I'M BACK INBOSTON! And I'm happy to be here, though my experience in Fayetteville [N.C.]was extremely positive. I played every day, and in a way I rediscovered mygame.
AS YOU MAY HAVEHEARD, I had a few issues my first week back. See, after being recalled by theCeltics, I left some valuables in Fayetteville that I needed to pick up. So Iflew down on an off day, thinking I'd be back for practice the next day. Myflights were a disaster: The flight down was delayed, and I was packed into oneof those little planes that are a killer on my knees. I had problems getting tothe airport for the flight back and missed that flight, then my second flightwas delayed. The result was I missed practice, which didn't make Coach [Doc]Rivers happy. The media made it sound like a joke, wondering why I didn't justhave the stuff shipped or have someone get it for me, but I didn't think it wasfunny. Stuff like that reflects poorly on me, and I don't want the organizationto feel like they can't count on me.
MOVING BACK TOBOSTON otherwise was a smooth transition. I live with two friends from home[Houston] in an apartment in Waltham, and when I'm not in town, they take careof things. I know people think the NBA lifestyle is glitz and glamour, but thetruth is I almost never go out, and when I do it's usually to the bowlingalley. Since I've been with the Celtics, I've only gone out in the city threeor four times.
March 20, 2006
ONE OF MY FIRSTGAMES back was against Phoenix, and I had the best game of my career [13points, nine rebounds], and I felt more in the flow. I work hard to beprepared, so it was nice to see that work pays dividends. I don't know whetherI'll be staying in Boston or sent back down, but whatever the decision is, I'llbe ready.