One of the feel good stories of the 2013-14 NBA season is the resurgence of Phoenix Suns forward Gerald Green.
Green who bounced around the league for the last four seasons seems to have found a home in the Valley of the Sun and considering he only has nine fingers, it’s impressive to say the least.
Recently, Green sat down Paul Coro of Arizona Central to talk about his season and about losing one of his fingers at the age 11.
The story about how Gerald lost the finger can be read below:
One day when he was 11, the challenge was to jump and touch the ledge above a hallway door at home. Unfortunately for Green, he could.
He was wearing his mother’s class ring. When he slapped the door ledge, the ring got caught on a nailhead and ripped off the skin and tendons above his right ring finger’s lower knuckle.
“I was hanging on the nail for a split second,” Green said. “Have you seen ‘Terminator 2′ when he cut off his hand and you see nothing but the inside? That’s how it was. It was nothing but white bone.”
As you might figure, Gerald was saddened by the loss of one of his digits:
“I was devastated,” Green said. “I think about it every day. I didn’t cry when it happened. I cried after I woke up from surgery and saw that my finger was gone. I was looking at my hand, going, ‘Where the hell is my finger at?’ “
Overall, Mr. Green should be praised not only for his game but for his ability to bounce back from tough situations.
Green image courtesy of Getty Images