In 6th Grade, when he was 11 years old, Gerald Green lost about half of his right ring finger while trying to dunk on a makeshift hoop. He and his younger brother had a jumping contest at home one day, testing their vertical leap. Green was wearing his mother’s ring as the ring caught on a nail and his finger was ripped to the bone. This lead to an amputation.
“I was teasing my brother, ‘You can’t jump this high,’ ” Green said. “I went up and I yanked my finger off. It was still intact but they couldn’t save it during surgery.”
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Just think about it. Green, one of the world’s best dunkers, can’t palm a ball with his right hand.
“If I could palm a ball I probably could have more dunks than I have in my career, but I still can get the job done”
Well, ‘getting the job done’ seems like a fairly underwhelming statement when you see Gerald get up and dunk it. Need a reminder? Check out this insane compilation.
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