Danny Green is considered one of the best 3-and-D players in the league but he’s vastly struggling to live up to that reputation lately, at least for the first part of that category.
Green’s shot has gone ice-cold since the restart of the season and even though he’s always been a streaky shooter, it’s getting to the point where is kind of worrying.
That’s why Shaquille O’Neal reached out to him prior to the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 3 clash vs. the Denver Nuggets, telling him to work on all the things he told him when he was his ‘shooting coach’ during his rookie season at Cleveland.
Turns out that Shaq actually helped rookie Danny Green a lot, even though he was far from being a good shooter throughout his NBA career.
.@SHAQ was Danny Green’s shooting coach his rookie year and is still giving him tips 😂
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) September 23, 2020
Unsurprisingly, that’s not the only Shaq-related story Danny Green has from his rookie season. Seven years ago, the former Spurs and Raptors players told HoopsHype that Shaq actually made him dance and sign before greeting him:
“He’s a very creative guy. I did sing a couple of songs. … A little dancing. You had to greet (O’Neal and some other veterans) a certain way. It was all fun and games, but it’s a lot different when you’re (a) rookie that’s playing than a rookie that’s not playing. They had a little fun with me because I wasn’t playing much,” Green said.
The Lakers have been rolling defensively lately and Green has been a major contributor on that side of the hardwood but he’s been tough to keep on the floor during this terrible shooting slump. Hopefully, he’ll go back to basics and remember all the pointers coach Shaq gave him.