January 20, 2015
Last week, the Phoenix Suns team shop began selling a rather unusual product: A foam hand with only four and a half fingers, in a tribute to swingman Gerald Green. And as the Suns took on the Lakers Monday night, TNT gave the item some airtime.
Here's a look at the foam hand.
Always fun when a crazy idea you threw out in a meeting becomes reality. pic.twitter.com/4sez9gJXWZ
Green lost part of the ring finger on his right hand when it got caught on a nail as he was dunking on a makeshift rim as a child. When he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 2005 straight from high school, Green tried to hide the finger from then-Commissioner David Stern.
"David Stern told me, 'take your hand out of your pocket,'" Green told the New York Daily News in 2012. "I said, 'Oops, I'm sorry.'"
After a rocky early career (despite winning the 2007 dunk contest), Green has had a basketball revival the last few years with the Indiana Pacers and particularly now with the Suns, where he is a valuable reserve. Last year, he was even a candidate for most improved player. With that renewed confidence, he's embraced his nub. As you can see, Green clearly approved of the Suns' plan to market his hand.
Oh, and if you're curious, the team is selling the foam hands for $12.