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Jeff Green is back home and in addition, playing for a familiar face.
Green, who grew up in Washington and was a star player in college at Georgetown University, signed with the Wizards as a free-agent in July.
Lo and behold, the guy who coaches the Wizards — Scott Brooks — was a 42-year-old assistant coach when Green was a rookie playing in Seattle for the SuperSonics in 2007.
The next season, the Sonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder and by November, Brooks had ascended to head coach after OKC fired P.J. Carlesimo.
The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Green, who played for the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers last season, played for Brooks in his first four seasons in the league.
“He looked way better than he does now,” Green joked to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.
Green, 31, then admitted he has appreciation for what Brooks, now 53, taught him during his formative seasons in the NBA.
“Scotty was my No. 1 guy, he’s always been, but when I first stepped foot on an NBA floor, he was there for me,” Green said. “He was a coach with Seattle when I first got into the league.”
Green averaged 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 78 games (13 starts) for the Cavaliers last season, shooting 47.7 percent from the field, 31.2 percent from long distance and 86.8 percent from the free-throw line. The 10-year veteran has career averages of 13.2 points, 4.6 boards and 1.6 dimes, posting a shooting line of 43.8/33.2/86.8 in 30.3 minutes in 783 games (497 starts).
Green has traveled a long, winding road across the NBA in the seven years since he and Brooks went their separate ways.
The veteran forward has since played for the Celtics, Grizzlies, Clippers and Magic before landing in Cleveland last season, reaching the NBA Finals.
Meanwhile, Brooks remained as coach with OKC through the 2014-15 campaign before being fired. After a season off, he was hired by the Wizards for the 2016-17 season.
Through it all, Green and Brooks maintained their connection.
“We’ve been close and tight ever since. We never lost contact,” Green said. “So, I’m looking forward to being coached by him again. I know he’s going to put us all in great positions to succeed.
“We just have to do our part on the floor.”