CORPUS CHRISTI – NBA Finals record holder and current San Antonio Spur Danny Green made a couple of stops in Corpus Christi Thursday as a part of his tour of South Texas to help raise money for his organization for underprivileged youth.
“It gives us the opportunity to reach out to kids and touch young kids’ lives,” Green said. “That’s what I’m doing. My job is to try and inspire them, give them hope, try to change their lives and change their paths – let them know, not just about basketball, but about life.”
The SA guard first made a visit to La Palmera mall, where he was greeted by hundreds of cheering Spurs fans. Green signed autographs and took pictures with the CC crowd that packed the mall food court.
Thursday night, Green made his way to Club Pure for more fan interaction.
The sharp-shooting guard, who played his college basketball at North Carolina, set the NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers made in a series with 27 this past season.
“It’s exciting. I’m enjoying it so much. I’m getting a lot of recognition and a lot of love for it,” Green said. “I think it’s a great thing to have your name in the books for accomplishing something great.
“It’s a great accomplishment. It’s one of many that’s on my to-do goal (list). There’s a lot more goals I want to achieve.”
The record previously belonged to Ray Allen, who took seven games to knock down 22 from beyond the arc in 2008 with the Boston Celtics. Green eclipsed Allen’s mark in Game 5 of the Finals versus the Miami Heat.
While the outside world was buzzing about Green’s chance to break the record early in the series, he did not know about his achievement until after the Spurs’ Game 5 victory.
“I wasn’t really paying attention too much. I stayed away from the media,” Green said. “[SA head coach Gregg Popovich] does a great job of keeping us away from watching ESPN and listening to the media.
“Luckily enough, it happened. I didn’t know at the time; I found out after the game. Good things happen like that sometimes. It was great to find out that way.”
While the Spurs suffered a heart-breaking series loss after seven games, the trip to the Finals provided many lessons Green will take forward with him.
“Each year teaches us a lot. Each year you gain more experience,” he said. “The way we lost it shows anything can happen in 30 seconds and every possession counts…It was a prime example of how each possession can change a whole game.”