Gerald Green, NBA

Gerald Green


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Gerald Green - is an American professional basketball player. He is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Boston Celtics with the 18th pick of the first round in the 2005 NBA Draft. He is best known for his dunking ability, having won the 2005 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest and the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, while finishing as the runner-up in the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Gerald Green, NBA

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Over the off-season, Green aimed at improving all aspects of his game in order to gain playing time. He had shown flashes of his capability during the end of the 2005-2006 season, but started off the 2006-2007 season slowly, earning a somewhat limited role and playing time behind captain Paul Pierce, and swingman Wally Szczerbiak. With injuries to Szczerbiak and Pierce, his playing time increased, but he has been unable to nail down a starting role. Green started his first ever game early December against the Philadelphia 76ers, but then lost his job to a returning Szczerbiak. Green finished the 2006-07 season averaging 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.

On February 17, 2007, Green won the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, beating out Nate Robinson, Tyrus Thomas, and Dwight Howard. On July 31, 2007 it was made official that Green was to be traded along with Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, and draft picks, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett.[3]

At Minnesota, Green found himself stuck on the bench behind a number of players at his same position. In early January 2008, Green's agent asked the Timberwolves to trade his client. At the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Green opened the competition with a dunk he called "The Birthday Cake" in which he blew out a birthday candle on a cupcake set on the back of the rim while dunking. He followed that up with an alley-oop two-handed windmill. His first dunk of the second round was an alley-oop from behind the basket which he put between his legs before dunking. His final dunk of the night was a between-the-legs one-handed slam that he performed after taking off his shoes. He ended up finishing second to Dwight Howard, after Howard received seventy-eight percent of the votes cast by fans through text message.

On February 21, 2008, Green was traded to his hometown team Houston Rockets for Kirk Snyder, a second round draft pick, and cash considerations. Green will become an unrestricted free agent in July. On March 8, the Rockets released Green.


Джеральд Грин

Защитник «Миннесоты» Джеральд Грин в интервью каналу FOX 26 Sport заявил, что обменян в «Хьюстон» на защитника Кирка Снайдера и право выбора во втором раунде драфта этого года. «Это как мечта. Никогда не думал, что в моей жизни может такое произойти. Я на девятом небе», - радовался Грин своему возвращению в родной город в интервью техасскому каналу (февраль 2008 года).




Information: NBA - The National Basketball Association is the USA's premier professional men's basketball league. It has 30 teams. It is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by the International Basketball Federation as the National Governing Body (NGB) for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major North American professional sports leagues, which also includes the NHL, the NFL and MLB. The league was founded in New York City, on June 6, 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).[2] The league adopted the name National Basketball Association in the autumn of 1949 after merging with the rival National Basketball League. The league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Справка: НБА (англ. National Basketball Association, NBA) - Национальная Баскетбольная Ассоциация, премьер-лига мирового баскетбола и одна из главных спортивных организаций Северной Америки. Лига была основана 6 июня 1946 года в Нью-Йорке и первоначально называлась Basketball Association of America (BAA). В 1949 году после слияния с клубами Национальной баскетбольной лиги получила существующее название. Сейчас НБА включает в себя 30 профессиональных клубов США и Канады. Команды разделены на две конференции. Западную и Восточную, в каждой из которой по три дивизиона. В феврале проводится Матч всех звёзд, в котором принимают участие игроки, выбранные голосованием болельщиков. По завершении регулярного чемпионата НБА по 8 лучших команд от каждой конференции выходят в плей-офф. Победители Западной и Восточной конференций встречаются в финале и выявляют чемпиона НБА. В июне лига устраивает драфт, на котором команды могут пополнить свои ряды игроками. Принять участие в драфте может любой игрок, достигший 17-летнего возраста. С 1985 года проводится драфт-лотерея для определения поочерёдности выбора командами. Она определяет клубы, которые будут выбирать на драфте первыми. Это зависит от выступления клуба в прошедшем сезоне. Клубам разрешено обмениваться правами на выбор в драфте, получая взамен либо другую позицию в очереди, либо игроков других команд.



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