We already know the best moment of Danny Green’s NBA career. That happened Sunday, when San Antonio beat Miami, 104-87, in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win the fifth championship in franchise history – and the first of Green’s career.
But what about Green’s worst moment in the NBA?
“Probably not being in it,” the 26-year-old said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I was cut twice in Cleveland. Since I’ve been with the Spurs, it’s been (pretty positive).”
Indeed, Green averaged a career-high 10.5 points last year and has shot at least 41.5 percent from three-point range in three straight seasons.
“Everything is timing,” Green said. “You talk to a lot of these people in the industry or the organization or the field of sports, (and) they’ll tell you timing is everything – the system of where you land and when. Sometimes it just works out that way. Lucky for me, the timing worked out pretty good. I landed in a good spot at the right time and things worked out well for me.”
Green came up big time and time again in the Finals – in Game 3, in particular. He shot 7-of-8 from the floor and finished with 15 points in a 111-92 win – this after Miami had won Game 2 to even the series. Doug Gottlieb admitted he thought the Heat would win the series after taking Game 2.
Green wasn’t offended.
“I’m sure everybody thought the same thing,” he said, “but every game is different. You can’t say because (one team) struggled one game that they won’t do better the next game. Each game is its own series. There’s no real momentum in a playoff series. It can go game to game.”
It can even go quarter to quarter.
“Sometimes guys get open shots; sometimes they won’t,” Green said. “Sometimes they’ll make them; sometimes they won’t. I had a couple of looks in Game 5 and didn’t hit any. Sometimes it goes that way.”
Green finished 0-of-5 from the floor but did have two rebounds, two assists and two steals in the series-clinching win.
Luckily for San Antonio, Patty Mills erupted for 17 points – 15 of which came from three-point range.
“Patty stepped up and played great and knocked down some big shots for us,” Green said. “On any night, anybody can step up and have a big game.”
The Spurs now enter the offseason with a whole bunch of questions marks. They’ve won five titles since 1999 but never back-to-back. Mills and Boris Diaw are free agents. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili could retire.
What will the roster look like on opening night next season?
“I hope it’s the same, to be honest,” Green said. “But we really don’t know. We don’t know what’s going to happen with Boris and Patty, but I’m hoping it’s the same. I hope Timmy comes back. I hope Manu comes back. I hope the organization will do a good job – which they always do – of bringing those guys back or finding guys to fill those spots. But hopefully we have the same team, and hopefully we can do it again.”
“But you never know in this business.”