Southwest Notes: Green, Messina, Selden, Pelicans

Gerald Green‘s 2017/18 season changed drastically as he went from unemployed – cut by the Bucks after four preseason games – to joining the Rockets, a team he grew up rooting for. As the Rockets await their next challenge in the second round, Green is thrilled to be back in Houston and helping the team, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon writes.

“When I signed with the Rockets, I just kind of felt like that was my calling card,” Green said. “I’m going to be here. I want to help out. “I’m going to continue to keep putting [effort] in and keep helping out as many people as I can using this platform. I like to be able to do that. I like to see smiles [from the people] that you can help out. And right now, the city is still in need. It’s almost been a year, and it’s not back the same.”

Green became a lethal force off the bench, averaging 12.1 PPG and shooting from beyond the arc at a near 37% clip in 41 games. The 11-year NBA veteran continued being a helping hand for Houston against the Timberwolves, a series which the Rockets won in five games.

Check out more Southwest notes down below:

  • Manu Ginobili may officially retire this offseason, which will continue to shrink a Spurs core that has been a constant in the NBA for nearly two decades. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post looks at what could the end of an era in San Antonio with Tim Duncans recent retirement, the possible departures of Ginobili and Tony Parker, and the ongoing drama with Kawhi Leonard.
  • Following the death of Gregg Popovich‘s wife Erin, assistant coach Ettore Messina stepped up to coach San Antonio for Games 3 through 5. He enters the offseason as a popular candidate for numerous head coaching vacancies and his three-game cameo may have helped his chances, Tom Orsborn of The San Antonio Express-News writes.
  • Michael Wallace of NBA.com examined Wayne Selden‘s season and his possible role with the Grizzlies moving forward. Selden averaged 9.3 PPG while shooting an impressive 40.2% from three-point range.
  • The Pelicans are headed for a second-round clash with the Warriors, an outcome that may have seemed unlikely several months ago. William Guillory of NOLA.com looks at how the current roster was assembled.
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3 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Green, Messina, Selden, Pelicans

  1. Dionis

    The NBA is rigged.

    Cavaliers- It’s not sweet enough to see Lebron as champion this season.

    Sixers- Too early for them to be champions.

    Warriors- Blah

    Rockets- Yes, Harden has the swagger and Paul would get his first ring. Harden is elite and him getting a title over Golden State will solidify his legacy regardless if he ever wins another again.

    NBA Finals

    Rockets-Raptors

    Rockets in 6

    Harden MVP

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    • kenly0

      Nope. Unfortunately, it’s going to be Golden State over Cleveland

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      • Dionis

        Your dreaming if you think Golden State gets past Houston this season.

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