Via apnews.com – HOUSTON (AP) — Gerald Green was at a crossroads.
Released by Milwaukee in training camp, the career journeyman couldn’t find another NBA team that wanted him.
He contemplated playing internationally and in the G League, but no one had any use for the over-30 player with almost a decade of NBA experience.
“I was honestly contemplating retirement,” he told The Associated Press. “A lot of people don’t know that, but I was done.”
So he contacted his agent to put an expiration date on his basketball career.
“I was like: ‘Look man, when Jan. 1, 2018, hits, if I’m unsigned, I’m putting out a big statement on my Instagram letting everybody know, thank you for the awesome career over all these years but I’m done,’” he said. “‘I ain’t going to play no more.’”
Just four days shy of his self-imposed deadline, Green received the call that would change everything: His hometown Houston Rockets wanted him.
“Basketball was the last thing on my mind until I got that call,” he said. “Then it’s kind of like … ‘Are you serious?’”
By then, the 32-year Green had already “mentally checked out” of basketball. He was spending his days doing work in real estate and teaming with rapper Trae Tha Truth to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The Rockets took a chance on Green, and now he could make it pay off…
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