INCOMING Barangay Ginebra import Orien Greene may have NBA pedigree, but the American said he is willing to take on any role to help the Gin Kings end a seven-year title drought in the PBA Governors Cup.
Greene, the 53rd overall selection of the Boston Celtics in 2005, said he has adopted a “learner’s approach” as he tries to fit in to the system of new Ginebra coach Frankie Lim.
“Coach has briefed me on it (system). He likes us to run, get up and down the floor. It’s nothing I’m not used to or accustomed to, but will figure out as we go along since it’s only my second day,” Greene told Spin.ph after Ginebra’s practice on Friday at Gatorade Hoops Center.
“He (Lim) said I’ll play a little off the ball, but whatever they want me to do, I’m gonna do it.”
The 33-year-old Greene said he’s also aware that he’ll be playing for a Ginebra squad which has the biggest fan base in the PBA.
The former Louisianna-Lafayette standout said the high expectation among Ginebra fans will motivate him to play harder and “show to the Filipinos and the PBA what I can really do."
“I know there’s a lot of tradition with this team and the fan base is real good. I’m excited,” said the 6-foot-2 NBA journeyman, who also played for the Indiana Pacers, the Sacramento Kings and the New Jersey Nets.
“I’ll just get out here and play. And I thank God for the opportunity to get here and show the Filipinos and the PBA what I can do.”
Greene said he’s got NBA star Paul Pierce to thank for because he led by example and guided him during their brief time together with the Celtics in the 2005-06 NBA season.
“Paul was our main guy when I was in Boston. He’s a 20 and 10 guy and he stressed that professionals do that (scoring and rebounding) night in and night out,” he recalled.
“We play back-to-back games all the time, so if you score 25 points, you got to do it again the next night. He’s a professional, bringing veteran leadership,” added Greene.
Greene owned NBA averages of 2.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 131 career games played.