Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Let It Fly: Danny Green & Gary Neal

Last night in game 3 of the NBA Finals the San Antonio Spurs shot the Miami Heat out of the building in a 113-77 blowout. The fact that I'm even calling it a blowout should be considered a compliment to Heat fans they gave up an NBA Finals record 16 Three Pointers. I have never seen any team shoot the ball like I saw Danny Green and Gary Neal last night who shot a combined 13-19 from behind the 3 point line.

It's great to see guys like that succeed especially in the NBA Finals. I remember when Lebron James played in Cleveland and Danny Green wore street clothes he barely ever suited up for the Cavs and was cut a few years ago. Green a 2009 National Champion of the UNC Tarheels played for 3 D-league teams and had a stint playing in Slovenia and now he is dropping 27 points in the NBA Finals against the NBA's best team, you just can't write this stuff.

Gary Neal like Green has had a journey and a half to the NBA. After playing basketball at La Salle and Townson he went undrafted in 2007 and played three seasons of pro basketball overseas all before Signing with the Spurs in 2010. After proving himself in his 1st season he was rewarded with NBA All-Rookie 1st team honors. Now he is looking video game like in the NBA Finals dropping 24 points while him and Danny Green outscore the Heat Big three 51-43.

These dudes could have stopped playing pro basketball years ago but stuck to it, worked their tail off and waited patiently for a chance. Now They are key contributors on a team looking to stay a perfect 5 for 5 in the NBA Finals and dethrone the best player in the world and defending champs from repeating. So this is a great example for all those basketball players who want to make it stick to your dreams, work hard and wait for your chance and maybe you could be the next Danny Green or Gary Neal.


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