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Gerald Green only has part of his ring finger on his right hand. Wait, what?

Apr 22, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

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Things slip by you when you try and cover the entirety of this league. There’s this just so much to go on, so many stories, so many unbelievable events, personalities, and stories. Like the fact that Nets guard-forward Gerald Green is missing a significant portion of the ring finger on his right hand.

Wait, what? From the New York Daily News:

Green was in the sixth grade when a freak accident left him with half of his ring finger. Wearing his mother’s class ring, the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk champion tried to jam on a makeshift hoop attached to a doorway. The ring caught on a nail and his finger was ripped to the bone.

Amputation was the only option.

“All you saw was nothing but white bone, like a skeleton,” Green said. “They said my tendons, all my ligaments were ripped out.”

via Gerald Green puts insecurity over childhood injury in the past as he develops into a top scoring threat for the Nets  – NY Daily News.

What’s the word I’m looking for? Oh, yeah. GAH!

That’s just horrifying.

Now, the crux of the Daily News’ article is how Green has really struggled through his life with the impediment and doesn’t like to talk about it. That’s totally understandable. But I’m really glad that he came forward and was willing to talk about it with the Daily News. There are other kids out there with conditions like that, people with similar impediments. Having someone being willing to talk about it helps. It just does. Good on him for taking that step.

The league seems like a brighter, more hopeful place with Green in it. He’s not a star, not a heavy-minutes player. But he’s producing and living up to his potential after being bounced from the league and having to spend time in the D-League. A player of that potential translating to production through hard work is the kind of story we need to talk about more. As opposed to, you know, Dwight Howard and whatever nonsense he’s going through this week.

In conclusion, if you need me, I’ll be wearing protective mittens and rocking in a corner crying for the rest of the day.

  1. Justin - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    You should read comments on your own site. When he had that monster jam earlier this year someone commented about it. That is how I found out.

    • khadeemw - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      He wouldve seen it, but most of the comments are about him and Kurt having an inherent ability to provide poor analysis and B.S articles.

  2. sndvl99 - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    who is Gerald Green?

    • habibthomas - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      Someone who has accomplished more than you?…just taking a wild guess on that…

    • 24thesho - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      You should know the answer if you REALLY follow b-ball.

  3. raidmagic - Apr 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I played ball with a guy in pick up games that lost his ring finger caught on the rim and his wedding ring ripped his finger off. All the way to his hand. No parts left. Ugh…

  4. 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Does he wear something on that hand to protect that finger when he dunks??

  5. dannomac21 - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    i remember reading about this when he first entered his name into the nba draft and was supposed to be a top 5 pick.

  6. tommy972 - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    OLD NEWS, I knew this he signed with the Mavs back in 2008.

  7. bbgraf08 - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Old news. Everyone was talking about this during his draft class.

  8. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    @ sndvl99 if you put that comic book down and stop watching Real Housewives of God knows where, then you’ll know who Gerald Green is you fat a## sloppy a## couch potato!!!

  9. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    @ thesho Thank you sir, well put!!!

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