Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni admits ‘it’ll be hard’ for Gerald Green to return in time for playoffs
Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green hasn’t played this season because of a broken left foot, but the high-flyer has a personal goal of coming back this season.
However, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni doesn’t think Green will be able to achieve that goal:
Mike D'Antoni, smiling when told Gerald Green said he wishes to return for the playoffs: "Yeah, well he's crazy. Hopefully he does, but it'll be hard."
— Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) January 6, 2020
Green appeared in 73 games for the Rockets last season and averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest while shooting 40.0 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 83.8 percent from the free-throw line.
The Rockets re-signed Green this past summer to a one-year deal. He’s making $2.6 million this season.
Green, 33, has career averages of 9.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 658 games with the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets), Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat and Rockets.
Houston has missed Green’s perimeter shooting and athleticism. The Rockets, who have championship aspirations this season after acquiring former MVP Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder this past summer, are 24-11 on the season. They are in third place in the Western Conference standings.
Rockets star James Harden is once again leading the NBA in scoring, just like he’s done the past two seasons.
You never want to see players get hurt, but losing someone in the preseason is always a downer. Hopefully, Green makes a quicker recovery than expected and returns to action sooner rather than later. The Rockets would love to get Green back for the postseason since he’s a smart veteran who can knock down open shots when Westbrook and Harden collapse the paint on their drives to the hoop.