Grizzlies’ Danny Green plans to return from knee injury Feb. 1

Eight months after a extreme left knee injury, Memphis Grizzlies guard Danny Green plans to make his season debut Feb. 1 towards the Portland Trail Blazers, Green mentioned on his “Inside The Green Room” podcast Wednesday morning.

Green, 35, comes to the Grizzlies with the pedigree of three NBA championships and a perception that he can play a major function within the franchise’s personal title aspirations. Memphis’ management, together with common supervisor Zach Kleiman and coach Taylor Jenkins, has raved about Green’s organizational affect earlier than he has even performed a recreation.

“What I carry is unquestionably wanted right here: perimeter capturing and perimeter protection,” Green informed ESPN late Tuesday night time. “I believe I can carry maturity and assist a younger workforce perceive what it takes to win. This has been an A-1 group from prime to backside in dealing with this whole rehab with me.”

Green tore the anterior and lateral cruciate ligaments in his left knee whereas taking part in for the Philadelphia 76ers within the Eastern Conference semifinals in May. He arrived in a draft night time commerce in June and has spent a number of months rehabilitating the knee to be part of the Grizzlies, the No. 2 seed within the Western Conference.

“It’s not sensible [to come back from this injury this quickly],” Green mentioned on his podcast. “Everybody’s physique may be very completely different, however I’ve been fortunate … to have a reasonably good surgeon, a reasonably good physique that healed very well and rapidly, and the precise folks round me to assist me get there. Plenty of issues had to fall in place for this to occur this manner.”

As he begins his 14th NBA season, Green brings a championship historical past with the Spurs (2014), Raptors (2019) and Lakers (2020). More importantly, he has the flexibility to nonetheless play a bench function along with his capturing, protection and management in assist of All-Star Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane. Green has 2½ months to elevate his play forward of the postseason and construct chemistry with the Grizzlies’ starry younger core.

“They’ve made it simpler for me right here,” Green informed ESPN. “They’ve revered me and revered that I’ve a résumé, a viewpoint and perspective based mostly on what I’ve skilled. It’s nonetheless laborious once you’re not battle-tested with a bunch, however we’ll strive to get there as as quickly as attainable.”

Green is on a $10 million expiring contract. He informed ESPN that “This is a spot I hope that I can name residence for the subsequent couple of years. I’m fortunate to be in an ideal scenario with a successful workforce.”

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