Celts pick's finger tale rings true
By Jeff Goodman
Friday, July 1, 2005 - Updated: 06:37 AM EST
WALTHAM - There are a few theories floating around as to why Gerald Green tumbled down to the 18th pick in the NBA Draft.
Here's one: Some NBA executives were wary of Green's right ring finger, which is about an inch short.
When he was 11, Green was playing in his Houston home, where he had put up a makeshift hoop over a doorway. While wearing his mother's class ring, he caught the ring on a nail that was holding up the basket.
``I was trying to see how high I could jump,'' he said.
Almost a decade later, Green's father, Gerald Sr., still cringes when talking about the accident.
``They couldn't re-attach it,'' the elder Green said. ``So they had to shave off part of his finger. I had nightmares about it.''
``It was amazing that no one (from the NBA teams) asked me about it,'' agent Andrew Vye said. ``I brought it up because I didn't want it to be a surprise to people when he was in Chicago (for pre-daft camp).''
The only surprise was that Green was there at No. 18.