How often do we really get a chance to realize our dreams in life?
No, I’m not talking about the ones your parents instilled in you growing up. Nor having a position waiting for you in the passed down family business some day soon. Rather, I’m talking about the dreams you drew up on your own as a child or teenager — your earliest and most innocent passion.
In 2016, Wealth Research Group did their best to give us an idea of what they thought on this topic in an article titled: “Why 98% of People Die Without Fulfilling Their Dreams.” The published piece explains how high the admission cost is when attempting to chase a dream and the essential role the subconscious plays when realizing the elements we dream of.
Think on your own for a second about the impact your subconscious can play in your everyday life and in correspondence with your goals. The smallest of doubts or criticism can seep into a person’s mind — and later become their reality. Cut in 2014 shared similar sentiments where a local study by the journal Study Forces proclaimed, “just six percent of adults end up in the careers they wanted when they were kids.”
Now compare those aforementioned figures with the ones shared by NBA hopefuls. That alleged two and six percent of accomplishers shrinks to a paltry one percent. That’s right, according to the NCAA as of April 20th, only 1.2 percent of men’s basketball players reach the professional ranks. So what keeps the longshots pushing? One could only guess some alternatives, but 19.3 percent of these NCAA players try their luck in other professional leagues across the world.
New Orleans Pelicans’ roster hopeful Garlon Green comes from that 19 percent, but he has an opportunity to change that due to the Pelicans need at his small forward position, standing 6’7, weighing 215 lbs and proven genetics. If the 27-year-old Green looks or feels familiar to you, your senses are correct. Garlon is the younger brother of veteran and current Houston Rockets wing Gerald Green.
Not very many teams have suffered through an ever-aging hole at the wing position like the Pelicans. New Orleans has been in search for a consistent two-way wing with size for as long as most can remember, but they haven’t failed for a lack of effort. The organization has shown that they’re willing to give players who come from many different types of backgrounds a chance. Whether undrafted, from overseas, or simply undervalued, the Pelicans have tried it all at that position.
The upcoming training camp battle next month will offer a fresh group an opportunity to help fill that gap at small forward. For Garlon Green, this won’t be a favorable circumstance that he takes lightly nor soon forgets.
Green spent his college days at Texas Christian University, playing three years from 2010-2013. After college, he proceeded to take his talents overseas and appeared in various locations. That experience of being away from home has proven to tough for some but not Green, as he remains thankful for his time spent at each venue.
“I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel the world and see places like Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne & Paris etc,” said Green. “Living in the different cultures and meeting new people around the world has been amazing. I have lifelong friends in all these places now. And from a basketball perspective, being overseas and playing in all kinds of offensive and defensive styles helped me be adaptive.”
Most fans caught on to Green during this year’s summer league. After an early injury, what was supposed to be an early glimpse of Frank Jackson and an improved Cheick Diallo, the attention slowly shifted to secondary players such as Green and Trevon Bluiett. The former finished his summer league averaging 9.2 points per game on a hot 63 percent shooting despite a mere 17 minutes per game. You can take a look at a few highlights below.
Similar for his big brother Gerald, nothing has been handed to Garlon Green. While both are elite athletes, finding a consistent basketball home has made for a huge challenge. They both have had to relocate to several areas while still trying to hone their respective crafts. Neither, however, used these hurdles to quit, as this is something that Garlon contributes to their father.
Green will face an uphill battle in New Orleans, as there will be several others vying for minutes at his position. Troy Williams, Kenrich Williams, and the aforementioned Bluiett will all be ready for the chance to continue their dream as well. And that’s without mentioning the likely returns of Solomon Hill, DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller come at the start of training camp.
As for Green, he hopes to beat the odds once again as he’s a big-time fan of the culture and the food that The Big Easy consistently provides. He also wasn’t shy about communicating what its basketball franchise should expect from him: “From day one, they’re getting a hard worker, who is looking to help the team win at the highest level.”
If Green can deliver, he’ll become the latest extension of a culture that knows plenty about dark horses and the different battles of adversity. Furthermore, his NBA dream would no longer have to wait on others. His route could show a level of persistence that could inspire the next great feature on some front page. Either way, Green is ready and should be quite the player to watch once training camp rolls around in September.
Who doesn’t love to root for a good underdog story?