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Be Prepared

Jan. 08, 2007
Jan. 08, 2007

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Jan. 8, 2007

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
Pro Football
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  • Allen Iverson has said and done all the right things since the Nuggets acquired him in a bold trade. But a tough question looms: What happens when Carmelo Anthony returns?

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Be Prepared

Gerald Green is learning the secret to NBA success

In his last diary entry Green, a 20-year-old second-year forward, discussed his first NBA off-season (SI Players, Oct. 30). Now, coming off a rookie season marred by demotions to the D-League, Green, who was averaging 15.8 points over his last five games through Sunday, looks like he's here to stay.

This is an article from the Jan. 8, 2007 issue Original Layout

IT'S BEEN AN UP-AND-DOWN SEASON. As a team we've been all over the place: won three in a row, lost five in a row, won five in a row. And for me it's been almost as big a roller-coaster ride. I started off not playing much, which was hard. I just watched and waited anxiously and told myself not to get down. I'd stay late in practice, and I kept up on scouting reports. The worst thing that can happen is if the coach calls your number and you're not ready.

SURE ENOUGH, A COUPLE WEEKS IN, COACH RIVERS GAVE ME PLAYING TIME. I was relieved and excited, and my minutes have been going up ever since. I got my first start of the year against Philadelphia [Dec. 22]. I slept a little less the night before, and I was surrounded by reporters before the game. It was exciting. I was a little nervous, but once you get into the flow of the game, everything settles down. I scored 20 points that night, but I wasn't happy with my defense--and the coaches weren't happy with it either. My goal now is to get better defensively.

ONE THING I'M HAPPY ABOUT--ALLEN IVERSON IS A NUGGET. I kept hearing my name associated with a trade for AI. Trade rumors are hard, man. I would wake up and watch ESPN and pick up the papers to hear all the talk, and I never used to do that. It got to the point where every time the phone rang and every time Coach wanted to talk to me, I thought I was gone. I'm glad it's over. I like Boston, and I didn't want to leave.

ALL-STAR WEEKEND IS COMING UP [Feb. 16--18]. One of my goals was to play in the rookie-sophomore game. I'll have to play really well this month to earn a spot. If I don't, I'm hoping for an invitation to the slam-dunk contest. I've been working on a few things, just in case. If I get asked, I'll have a little something special prepared.

TWO PHOTOSCHAD GRIFFITH (GREEN SITTING); DAVID LIAM KYLE/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (GREEN ACTION)