Sunday, September 26th, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  9 responses

Willie Green On Trade: ‘It’s Definitely Bittersweet.’

Not long after Willie Green was traded by the only NBA team he’s ever played for, Phil Jasner caught up with him: “In seven seasons with the 76ers, Willie Green was forever having his role changed. Sometimes, he was a starting guard, other times he was coming off the bench. Sometimes, he was at the point, other times he was off the ball. Sometimes, he was asked to put up early points, other times he was told to concentrate on defense. He played for six coaches, but he was always able to adjust… Green got the news after an early-morning workout supervised by assistant coach Aaron McKie…When Collins explained the situation to Green and other players at the Sixers’ practice site, Green’s 10-year-old son, Ross, walked away in tears. ’That was pretty tough,’ Green said. ‘He loves basketball; he loves being around the guys. Kids don’t understand. All he knows is, he has to leave his school and go live in a different place, in a different space. And kids don’t want anything to happen to their parents. I told him it’s nothing to be sad about, that it’s exciting. And I’m blessed that the Sixers would rather that I be with a team where I can play than to be here and maybe not play at all. Tony DiLeo [the Sixers' senior vice president and assistant general manager] said it best: He said every year people counted me out, and every year I found a way to play. It’s all a blessing.’ Green, a second-round pick of Seattle in 2003, was traded to the Sixers on draft night. He stayed for 422 games, with averages of 9.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He averaged 8.7 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds last season, shooting a career-best 45.7 percent from the floor; that included 13.2 scoring and 50 percent shooting as a starter. In ’05-06, he played in only the final 10 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    damn, you’re gonna tell that to dad infront of his kid? That’s cold-blooded.

  • rich

    did he get traded to N.O.? that will b pretty fun for me cuz i like that team. sucks for him cuz philly is really on the upswing. maybe he can resign as a free agent

  • Roger

    Willie Green could be a great role player on the right team. I could see him helping a contender, perhaps the Magic or the Spurs or Dallas. He’s tough enough and sure loves the game and does not have the Lebron sized type ego that various NBA players have. Mad respects to both CELTICS and LAKERS. 2010-2011 NBA FINALS AGAIN! SO EXCITED for the tip off!

  • Ronald

    This guy seems to have a good head on his shoulders. He’s also a good role player who is versatile.

  • His Airness

    I liked having Willie on the roster. He was a reliable player. I wish him the best in the NOLA.

  • Trout

    Co-sign Hursty that is cold. I hope he does well in NO

  • hammer

    Gotta hand it 2 willie. Solid role player. Does whatever is needed from him on a nightly basis. Gets the job done. Gr8 professionalism. Good luck willie

  • Hussman25

    That’s the business… So long Willie.

  • Seven Duece

    He’ll provide NO with someone who can (finally) create his own offense.