Rockets' Gerald Green speaks on the Heat, his former team

Rockets' Gerald Green speaks on the Heat, his former team https://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-Gerald-Green-speaks-on-the-Heat-his-12516544.php

By Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle

Published 6:50 pm, Monday, January 22, 2018
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Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14) talks to James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter of the NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Houston. The Houston Rockets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 121-112. ( Yi-Chin Lee / Houston Chronicle ) less
Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14) talks to James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter of the NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Houston. The ... more
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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green runs up court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit. Green and Trevor Ariza have both been suspended for two games for entering the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room after a game earlier this week to confront another player. The NBA announced the suspensions Wednesday, Jan. 17 (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) less
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green runs up court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit. Green and Trevor Ariza have ... more
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets is restrained by an assistant coach during a 113-102 LA Clippers win at Staples Center on January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) less
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets is restrained by an assistant coach during a 113-102 LA Clippers win at Staples Center on January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. ... more
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The Rockets' Gerald Green, left, wasn't too pleased after being assessed a technical foul by referee Mike Callahan in Monday night's loss at Staples Center.
The Rockets' Gerald Green, left, wasn't too pleased after being assessed a technical foul by referee Mike Callahan in Monday night's loss at Staples Center.
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Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green, left, looks at referee Mike Callahan after receiving a technical foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green, left, looks at referee Mike Callahan after receiving a technical foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Jan. 15,

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Troy Williams #5 of the LA Clippers gets fouled by Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets during a 113-102 Clipper win at Staples Center on January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Troy Williams #5 of the LA Clippers gets fouled by Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets during a 113-102 Clipper win at Staples Center on January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles,

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers shoots a fadeaway jumper over Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets during a 113-102 Clipper win at Staples Center on January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers shoots a fadeaway jumper over Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets during a 113-102 Clipper win at Staples Center on January 15, 2018 in Los

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets is restrained by an assistant coach during a 113-102 LA Clippers win at Staples Center on January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets is restrained by an assistant coach during a 113-102 LA Clippers win at Staples Center on January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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After waiting until Dec. 28 to start his season, Rockets guard Gerald Green's patience was tested again with a two-game suspension for entering the Clippers locker room, returning in time on Monday to face the Miami Heat, one of his more recent former teams.

Green said he did "not want to talk about" the NBA ruling, giving him and Trevor Ariza two-game suspension, but did blame the media coverage for the NBA reaction.

"The media blew that up," Green said. "That's all I have to say. If it weren't for the media being there, I would never have got suspended.

"Just keep doing what I've been doing. My team supports me. I went out there, I was still able to get into the gym and do my work. I'm just glad to be back."

Green spent the 2015-16 season with the Miami Heat, the Rockets opponent on Monday in Toyota Center, averaging 8.9 points in 22.6 minutes per game. Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and Udonis Haslem remain from that team.

"They still have kind of the same team," Green said. "They are a good team. Well coached, well coached. They have players buying into the system. Once you have that combination, any team can be dangerous. Obviously, they don't have any All-Stars. They all play together. They do a good job communicating on defense with Hassan back there and do a good job pushing the pace with Goran Dragic. James Johnson has been very good playing point-forward.

"It is a really good organization. I loved being in Miami. We had a really good team with D-Wade (Dwyane Wade), Chris Bosh, Hassan. Overall, it was a good time while I was there."

Rockets' Gerald Green speaks on the Heat, his former team