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NBA lockout had LI’s Danny Green concerned


Originally published: August 3, 2011 6:19 PM

Art Miller, an instructor at a basketball camp

Photo credit: James Escher | Art Miller, an instructor at a basketball camp headlined by NBA player Danny Green, has a laugh with Green, right, inside Robert Moses Middle School. (Aug. 3, 2011)

Danny Green spent the 2010-11 season, his second in pro basketball, in perpetual limbo.

The North Babylon native and St. Mary’s High School graduate played with the NBDL’s Reno Bighorns after being cut in the preseason by the San Antonio Spurs. He re-signed with the Spurs in March, averaging 5.1 points in eight games off the bench.

But with no end in sight to the ongoing NBA lockout, Green has an uncertain future.

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“I’m very concerned, especially for a guy like myself,” Green said at his Team Green Basketball Camp at Robert Moses Middle School in North Babylon. “I’m not one of the top guys. I don’t have a solid position in a rotation on a team. So if I leave {to play overseas}, that might mean I’m giving up my position to play on an NBA team.”

Green’s representatives have talked with several international teams. An “out clause”, allowing him to return stateside once the lockout is settled, would have to be included for him to leave the U.S.

“Obviously, I want to play,” Green said. “I want to play somewhere for money. I want to play in the NBA. There is no NBA right now, so it will force a lot of guys to go elsewhere to play.”

Since returning home from San Antonio, Green has kept himself sharp by playing in the Nike Pro City League at Baruch College. Next week, he plans on heading to San Antonio for some informal workouts with Spurs teammates.

Once the lockout is settled, Green hopes to catch on once more with the Spurs, where he felt like he did enough to earn a second look.

“For the last two months before the lockout, we were in there with the coaches working out,” Green said. “It was mainly the younger guys, so from those workouts, I got a pretty good feeling from them that they were happy with what I was doing. I came in, worked hard every day and did whatever they asked me to do.

“I’m trying to keep that image with them, and hopefully when this is over, make a name for myself and get some minutes next year.”