Danny Green making most of his chance
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — Danny Green could have taken his ball, his ego, and his foolish pride, and gone on his way. Never to step foot on San Antonio Spurs territory again.
He had been deemed an outcast by one of the greatest basketball coaches there ever was in November 2010, getting cut by Gregg Popovich just six days after signing a 10-day contract in his second season out of North Carolina, and there were still 29 other teams that could have used a player with his sort of skill-set.
But Green — with his shooting prowess, defensive know-how and stat-stuffing ways that Roy Williams had grown to love during those college days where they won an NCAA championship together — saw a rare opportunity here to become a key piece of the Spurs’ latest championship-caliber puzzle. So he picked up the phone and called the man who is known as one of the most intimidating figures in all of professional sports.
“Danny is the one who had to resolve it by saying, ‘I know that I fit (in San Antonio), and I want to make it happen,’ ” his agent, Bill Duffy, told USA TODAY Sports. “I said, ‘Then you call Pop’. He called Pop and said, ‘I’m going to be back. I want to be back.’
“I think Pop really respected the fact that Danny had called him himself, and was almost apologetic about it. … That’s how he was able to come back. It’s a great testament to Danny’s resolve and his goal to be in San Antonio, but also to Pop and (general manager) RC (Buford) for having open mindedness and having the communication to give the kid a second opportunity.”
And what a second chance it has been.
If the Spurs are able to finish this job against the Miami Heat and win the fifth championship they so desire, Green may very well wind up being the Finals MVP after what has been a remarkable run. He is shooting his way into the long-range record books while facing off against the legendary marksman who has set so many of these marks in … [For more on San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green making most of his chance, click here.]