Stephen Silas says team will miss Gerald Green’s leadership

Houston Firecrackers head coach Stephen Silas spent some time out of his pregame interview prior to his group handles the Dallas Mavericks to discuss the departure of previous assistant coach Gerald Green.

“It’s a loss,” stated coach Silas when inquired about no longer having Green on the personnel. “I had not thought about how big of a loss it is. His pulse of the team is spot on. I will miss that a lot. I just came to that realization. I am sure there will be times during a time out or during halftime where I would have asked for his opinion, and now, I don’t have that anymore.”

Green, who retired back in October 2021, unretired on Thursday in hopes of making a return to the NBA. On Friday, he signed an agreement to bet the Firecrackers G League affiliate, Rio Grande Vipers. The 35-year-old Green was chosen 18th general by the Boston Celtics in 2005 and played 12 seasons in the NBA. He was signed to a non-guaranteed training school offer prior to the start of the 2020-21 season however stopped working to make the group.

“The one thing is you have to be ready to coach,” stated coach Silas. “When you have decided that you want to coach, you have to get the basketball out of you. He will be missed, but the main thing is for him to be happy, and he is most happy when he is hooping.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.