View Full Version : Ex-Pacer Orien Greene signs with NZ Breakers (Australian NBL)

11-27-2007, 08:25 AM
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Breakers sign NBA point guard

<!-- author --><DL class=clear id=author><!--dt>http://www.pacersdigest.com/images/author.jpg</dt--><DD><!--strong>Former Australian Captain</strong --><CITE>November 27, 2007</CITE> </DD></DL><!-- // author -->
<!-- // lead story --><!-- story body -->THE New Zealand Breakers are licking their chops in anticipation of unveiling their replacement for injured import Wayne Turner.
The much-improved NBL franchise have landed a three season NBA player who was with the Sacramento Kings just two weeks ago.

Point guard Orien Greene stands at 1.93m and has had stints with Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers and the Kings amassing 128 NBA games all up.

Eighty of those came in his first season with Celtic where he averaged more than 15 minutes a game after being picked up as a second round draft pick (53rd overall).

He had an excellent high school career but became disenchanted with the game at University of Florida where he was played out of position.

He gave the game away for a season before transferring to University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he became renowned for his aggressive play, winning the defensive player of the year award for the Sun Belt Conference in his senior season.

The Breakers are currently sitting in fourth on the NBL ladder and general manager Richard Clarke said the club had been worried finding a suitable replacement would prove difficult.

"We knew we were facing a tough task to replace a guy like Wayne Turner, and were a little nervous about who would be available in the market," Clarke said.

"If we had been looking even a week earlier Orien wouldn't have been available.

"But we got lucky with the timing and our US-based scout alerted us to Orien's availability and was able to convince his agent to take a look at the opportunity.

"As a result we will have a pretty good player arriving here on Friday."