BLOOMINGTON-Sidney Green might be the newest member of the IU coaching staff, but he's not short on experience.
The ten-year head coaching veteran joined Mike Davis' staff in late November, rounding out a quartet of coaches that each has been a head coach on the Division I level. In Green's case, that involves a six-year stint at Florida Atlantic, a program that he guided to the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
He joins Kerry Rupp and Donnie Marsh to give Davis three assistants who have all sat in the hot seat on the sidelines.
"That's invaluable," said Green. "You look at the four of us, there's almost 125 years of basketball experience that you have on the floor."
Green's basketball experience extends well beyond the sidelines. Before getting into the coaching profession, he enjoyed an All-America career at UNLV and then a 10-year stint in the NBA before retiring in 1993.
Green played for Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV from 1980-83, scoring 2,073 points and averaging 17.4 points and 10.7 rebounds during his collegiate career. As a senior he earned second-team All-America honors after averaging 22.1 points and 11.9 rebounds while leading the Runnin' Rebels to a 28-3 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
From there, Green was the fifth overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He spent three seasons in Chicago – including two playing alongside Michael Jordan and one with George Gervin – and averaged 13.5 points and a career-high 8.2 rebounds during the 1985-86 season.
Green left Chicago for Detroit in 1987, and wound up playing with the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets before retiring in 1993 and moving on to the coaching profession.
"The memories I'd have to say was from the first day I got drafted until the last day I left and retired," said Green. "I cherished and enjoyed every moment."
Those playing experiences, though, provided Green with a wealth of knowledge to drawn upon once he picked up the coaching clipboard. While his list of former teammates is an impressive one, so is the group of coaches that he's played for.
Hall of Famers such as Chuck Daly, Larry Brown and Rick Pitino are among the coaches that he played for in the NBA, and Green knows that opportunity was a special one.
"I learned so much from them," said Green. "I have taken bits and pieces from their philosophies and applied to my own philosophy, and I feel that's invaluable."
Green now finds himself in Bloomington, working for a coach that he has known since their paths crossed in high school. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native Green had an opportunity to play in a variety of prep all-star games that also featured Davis, who was then an Alabama-bound standout from Fayette, Ala.
It would be some time before the pair would team up, when the opportunity arose, Green knew it would be a good fit.
"Mike and I are pretty much from the same old school as far as our thought process in regards to how we think the game should be played," said Green.
Green's duties are extensive, including scouting upcoming foes and working with Indiana's big men, among other things.
"The good thing about this opportunity is I'm not only working primarily with the big men – I'm sharing my experience, my 10 years of head coaching experience to what they have," said Green.
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