DO YOU KNOW WILLIE GREEN?
Here are five things you may or may not have known about Clippers guard Willie Green:
1. When Green returns to his hometown of Detroit in the offseason, he likes to visit Belle Isle Park. It is a 982-acre island park in the Detroit River, connected to the city by MacArthur Bridge, where the Green family still holds reunions.
2. In 2003, as a senior at Detroit Mercy, Green was named the Horizon Conference Player of the Year when he averaged 22.6 points per game on 49.0-percent shooting. Green has had the second longest NBA career among past winners of the award, dating back to 1979-80. Former forward/center Brian Grant, who won the player of the year award twice at Xavier, played 12 NBA seasons (756 games). Green is entering his 11th year (624 career games). Recent past winners include Gordon Hayward, Norris Cole and Ray McCallum Jr.
3. Despite moving in and out of the starting lineup for much of the 2012-13 season, Green wound up one of the best 3-point shooters in the league by year’s end. He had the league’s best percentage through the month of March (58.3 percent) and finished tied for ninth in the NBA overall, going 71-for-166 (42.8 percent) in 72 games.
4. During his first nine seasons in the league Green never used Twitter. But after months of encouragement from his teammates and friends, Green finally relented. He signed up from Twitter during a December road trip in 2012, choosing the handle @DetroitWillie34.
5. Green is an avid reader of motivational books. One of his favorite authors is former Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy. Green says he’s read all of Dungy’s books, including his favorite “Quiet Strength.”