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TCU has a brotherly connection to the NBA dunk contest

Gerald-green-head-over-rimThe NBA's All-Star weekend in Houston, Texas is just about here, and for the first time in recent memory there will be no member of the Dallas Mavericks present.

The NBA's Slam Dunk competition may have jumped the shark, and this particular field is as star-less as any, but if you are looking for a guy to pull for there is a local guy. Kinda. Sorta.  Click here for the field.

Indiana Pacers reserve forward Gerald Green is the older brother of TCU senior forward Garlon Green. They both grew up in Houston. Gerald went straight to the pros. Garlon went to college.

The one thing Gerald Green has always been able to do is jump. The older Green may be the more talented of the two, but he is a case study of what can happen when you jump straight from high school to the league. Holding down a job isn't always easy. 

Gerald was selected with the 18th pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2005 NBA draft. Since then he has played with the Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, and now the Pacers.

He also has played in the D-League, the Chinese Basketball Association, as well as Krasnie Krilya and Locomotiv Kuban in Russia's SuperLeague. In the 2010-'11 season, he was a PBL All-Star and won that league's Dunk competition.

Garlon, meanwhile, is finishing up his senior season at TCU. The high-point to his college career will likely be scoring 20 points in TCU's 62-55 upset-of-the century against No. 5 Kansas.

Garlon is a pleasant and nice young man, so for the sake of his family ... Go Gerald.



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