As is often the case every summer, the NBA sends ambassadors for NBA Cares far and wide to spread the word of basketball to new places. This year a group that included Spurs guard Danny Green went to Japan, where basketball popularity is on the rise.
In a sit down with The Japan Times, Green discussed a variety of topics, such as his impression of the basketball scene in Japan:
“That it’s growing,” Green said when asked for his impression. “That it’s still on the come up. Some fans are very passionate, some kids are very passionate. It’s still growing, but as you see, the ones who are fans are extreme. They’re very fanatic. I’m here to help bring that passion, to help it grow. The kids, to inspire them and motivate them and get more kids into it and hopefully have some Japanese professional come over and play in the NBA.”
... and his looming free agency decision:
“We’ve thought about it here and there. Obviously the date is coming up soon, sooner now since June has hit. I think I would know probably in another two weeks or so and make a decision. I’ll talk to my agent, talk to my family. Just waiting to hear back from San Antonio and other interests that may be there.
“Obviously Pop and R.C. are taking some time to figure out what they want to do,” he said, referring to head coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R. C. Buford. “Probably another week or two, we’ll probably figure it out and actually really sit down and come down to the nitty gritty of what is best for me.”
Other topics included his take on this year’s NBA Finals, including J.R. Smith’s massive blunder in Game 1. It’s a fun read, so be sure to check it out. Also, if you want to see Green in full Samarai armor, check out his Instagram page!