BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – You can choose to look at the Phoenix Suns’ season any way you like, but the truth of the matter is that they finished four games under .500 and out of the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
Guard Gerald Green was understandably disappointed in the way things went, but he also a saw silver lining in the huge, dark cloud that hovered over the Suns for most of the season.
“It was okay. Obviously we didn’t make the playoffs, but we got to really learn. This year, I think, was a learning year for a lot of young guys,” Green said. “I think that the team [has its] core pieces together, I think they’re gonna add a few more pieces in the summertime. This season wasn’t the goal that we wanted, but I think next year will be a good season for us.”
Green’s playing time dropped considerably this past season compared to the 2013-14 season. Green played in all 82 games [48 starts] that season. He played in 74 games and started four in this recently wrapped up campaign.
Green’s future with the Suns was in question after general manager Ryan McDonough brought in Isaiah Thomas to form the three-headed monster at guard. There was only one basketball to go around, and with Thomas, Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe being the primary ball-handlers, somebody’s minutes and role would have to change, and Green was the one.
Green’s currently an unrestricted free agent. Green had a meeting with president of basketball operations Lon Babby the day after the regular season ended, and he said it was a pretty productive sit down with Babby.
“I do want to come back. I think they want me back too as well,” Green said. “It was a good conversation, so I’m a little positive about that. Hopefully we’ll see where that takes us.”
Green has truly valued his time here with the Suns. His basketball travels took him to the D-League, overseas and now with his sixth NBA team in Phoenix.
“I’m just glad that I get another opportunity to get a chance to play in the NBA,” Green said.
The opportunity Green got last season was a roller coaster one to say the least. His field goal [.416] and three-point percentages [.354] were down from a year ago, and it seemed like he got aggravated easily when his shots weren’t falling, and he’d express his frustration a lot on the court.
“Sometimes things are never going to fall the way you want them to, but just try and stay positive and help other guys out. That’s all you can do,” Green said.
Green says he’s not going to change his offseason workouts to up his numbers, because he feels it’s worked well for him over the past four years or so, so why change it?
“I think this year, I’m gonna focus on the weight room. I’m gonna get in the weight room big time this summer,” Green said.
While we’re on the subject of weights and getting bigger and better in the offseason, Green believes the Suns have to get bigger in the low post if they’re to get back to relevance in the Western Conference.
“Just having Alex [Len] and Markieff [Morris] down there in the pain ain’t good enough, especially out there in the West,” Green said. “I think we need to get more size.”