PHOENIX -- After he poured in 22 points off the bench Saturday night against Dallas, Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green recalled the days when he used to ride the bench for the Mavericks.
However, Green, who spent the 2008-'09 season with the Mavs, also admits the he learned a lot from coach Rick Carlisle.
"Gerald’s a terrific kid,'' Carlisle said. "We were fortunate we got him on a minimum contract that year.
"He had the opportunity to start a lot of games for us because our (shooting guard spot) was kind of influx all year long.
"He rode the ups and downs. He was still a young player at that point and time.''
In 38 games for the Mavs -- including 12 starts -- during the 2008-'09 seaosn, Green averaged 5.2 points in 9.9 minutes per game.
Since he left the Mavs, Green has now been with seven different teams. But only three of them -- New Jersey, Indiana and Phoenix -- are in the NBA.
Green also played with two teams in Russia, one in China and with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.
"He went through the kinds of things that players do before they really find themselves,'' Carlisle said. "He was out of the league, he played overseas in places far in the far reaches of the world and he eventually found his way back here.
"Now he’s found a home here and he’s playing at a very high level. He’s a dynamic player, he’s improved his defense, he plays multiple positions.''
Green made 6-of-10 shots against the Mavs in Saturday's 123-108 victory,including 4-of-8 three-pointers. He also was fouled twice while attempting a pair of three-pointers, then promptly went to the free throw line and made all six free throws.
"I really give all the credit to my teammates,'' said Green, who graduated from high school in Houston. "They are the ones that are creating the shots for me.
"It was just easy for me to knock it down. They are drawing so much attention, defenses are collasping to them, it is easy for me to be wide open and hit the three.''
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