Green: ‘We know what we did’

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Taurean Green is making a nice living playing basketball overseas and is contemplating a future career in coaching.

The former point guard was the engine of UF’s back-to-back national title teams. Green had the ability to fill it up when he needed to. But he also was smart and unselfish enough to know when the ball needed to go a frontline that included three future NBA lottery picks.

So it’s easy to see why Green gave such an impassioned response when I asked if he felt Florida’s 2006 and 2007 national title teams have gotten their due in terms of national legacy. The subject came up when I told him that ESPN failed to recognize former teammate Lee Humphrey as one of the best college 3-point shooters of all time. Forget the fact that Humphrey still holds the NCAA Tournament record for most 3-pointers (47), or that teammate Joakim Noah had a then-record 27 blocked shots during UF’s 2006 NCAA Tournament run.

“Commentators, they pump up certain programs for ratings,” Green said. “People say this past Kentucky team is the best that they’ve ever seen and they forget about us, mainly because we are more of a football school. That’s OK, though. We know what we did.”

When I later tweeted that I would pick the 06-07 Gators to beat the 12 ‘Cats, it caused quite a firestorm. My reasoning, Joakim Noah would expose Anthony Davis’ biggest weakness. Davis was prone to getting tired against up-tempo teams. Noah, the best conditioned big man college basketball has seen in a decade, would be able to run Davis out of the gym.

But back to Green. He just completed a season playing overseas in Turkey and is contemplating accepting an invite to an NBA training camp. He also has offers to play overseas in Italy, Germany, Belgium and France.

Green said he will play pro basketball “as long as my body will let me.” But he’s also already began thinking of his post-playing career as a coach. He spent time during his offseasons with current UF assistant coach Matt McCall when McCall was at FAU.

Green’s father, former NBA power forward Sidney Green, was a former college coach at FAU and Southampton College.

“I just like the teaching apsect of it, being able to give back to the game,” Green said.

Green also said he thinks he can be an “excellent” recruiter.

Could we see Taurean coaching the Gators someday? Could the 06-07 Gators beat the 12 Wildcats?

What are your thoughts?

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Postscript — Green is graduating this weekend with a degree in recreation, parks and tourism. He returned to UF to take summer courses after leaving school following his junior year in 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 COMMENTS

  1. The Gators would win by 15. Most unselfish team full of stars I’ve ever seen. Zero weaknesses on that squad. Brewer could guard anyone and knock down the 3. Humphries was deadly behind the arc and played pretty solid defense. Green was a fantastic PG. Al and Noah were BEASTS in the paint. Let’s not forget Chris Richards. He would have been a starter on any other team in the country. They are the ONLY starting 5 to ever repeat as NC’s. Not even the ” Big Blue Nation” can dispute that fact!

  2. How would the Cats hurt the Gators? They wouldn’t. Our defense was so much better than theirs. And they could not defend the high low post and not leave Green or Humphries open. It would be a good game b/c I think Davis would affect enough shots, but they couldn’t win against the 04’s, plus 2.

  3. it wouldnt be close, this wildcat team was good but only because there werent any great balanced teams this year. You think a bunch of freshman and T.Jones could beat a junior heavy starting lineup. Lmao to people of the moment. Dont forget our team this year made the elite 8 this year and should have made the final four and nobody would think this was one of the best teams florida has put on the floor as a team. Seriously it would be a double digit win and OSU with conley and Odom would have beat this LameKats team. I think the 99 team with haslem harvey nelson dupay miller and co would have run this team out of the gym too

  4. We would destroy the 2012 UK Cats. Noah, Horford, and Richard were so smart playing inside and were total beasts. Davis is tall and long but would not have been able to bang inside with them because he is not that built. Humphrey, Green, and Brewer would rain 3s on them. The 04s always played big in big games and would win by 15+ points. They were never denied winning Titles and Championships!!