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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Player
College Basketball Coach

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Palos Verdes, California, Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Favorite Quote:
The Pain Of Discipline Is Much Less Than The Pain Of Regret.

Birthplace

Born:
1/4/1961
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Player
College Basketball Coach

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Palos Verdes, California, Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Favorite Quote:
The Pain Of Discipline Is Much Less Than The Pain Of Regret.

Birthplace

Born:
1/4/1961
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Basketball player and college basketball coach Sidney Green was born on January 4, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. He starred on his high school basketball team at Thomas Jefferson High School. In 1979, Green, a graduating senior, was a McDonald’s All-American selection and named the New York City Player of the Year. He chose to attend the University of Nevada at Las Vegas with a four-year athletic scholarship where he played under head coach Jerry Tarkanian. In 1983, Green was an NCAA All-American selection and he graduated that year with his B.A. degree in sociology. Green was the all-time leading rebounder and second all-time scorer in the history of the UNLV men’s basketball team.

Green was the fifth pick in the 1983 NBA Draft, where he was chosen by the Chicago Bulls to play power forward and played alongside basketball super star Michael Jordan. Green had a successful career in the NBA and went on to play for the Detroit Pistons, the New York Knicks, the Orlando Magic, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Charlotte Hornets before retiring from the league in 1993. In 1995, Green returned to basketball as head coach of the men’s basketball team at Southampton College in Long Island, New York. Despite inheriting a team that had won just six games the year before, Green led his team to twenty-nine wins and twenty-seven losses during his two years as head coach. In 1997, Green went on to coach at the University of North Florida, where he increased the team’s winning percentage by more than thirty percent. Florida Atlantic University hired Green as its head coach in 1999. He took his team to the first Atlantic Sun Conference championship in 2002, where he was named the A-Sun Coach of the Year. Green was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Indiana in 2005 and in 2009, the Chicago Bulls named him the team ambassador.

While in college, Green co-founded Shoot for the Stars Foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada. During his time with the Knicks in New York, Green participated in Governor Mario and Matilda Cuomo’s Mentor Program as a spokesperson in public schools. He also founded Sid’s Kids in Orlando, Florida while he played with the Orlando Magic. In 1989, Green received the NBA National Spirit of Love Award, given to the NBA player who has contributed significant time and energy to the community. Green’s jersey was retired by the UNLV basketball team, and he was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame in 1994.

Green and his wife, Deidra, have two children, LaShawn and Taurean. Taurean has also played in the NBA.

Sidney Green was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 18, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sidney Green's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sidney Green lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sidney Green describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sidney Green talks about his relatives in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sidney Green describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sidney Green recalls how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sidney Green talks about his father's experiences in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sidney Green remembers his parents' education and occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sidney Green describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sidney Green talks about his family's move to Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sidney Green describes his upbringing in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Sidney Green remembers his childhood household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Sidney Green describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sidney Green recalls the racial divide in the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sidney Green describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sidney Green remembers the influence of his older siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sidney Green talks about Jim McMillian
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sidney Green remembers his brother's murder
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sidney Green recalls his early interest in basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sidney Green remembers James "Fly" Williams
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sidney Green talks about the basketball culture in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sidney Green remembers his favorite elementary school teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sidney Green talks about the assassinations of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Sidney Green recalls the start of his basketball career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sidney Green describes his neighborhood baseball teams
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sidney Green recalls an incident that led to his interest in basketball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sidney Green remembers his basketball mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sidney Green remembers his growing pains
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sidney Green recalls Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sidney Green remembers the guidance of his high school basketball coaches
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sidney Green recalls his decision to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sidney Green describes basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sidney Green recalls missing his high school prom to play in the McDonald's All-American Game
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Sidney Green remembers the players at the 1979 McDonald's All-American Game
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Sidney Green talks about the prominent basketball players of New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Sidney Green describes his discipline as a student athlete at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sidney Green describes Coach Jerry Tarkanian's basketball practices
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sidney Green remembers his physical training and diet regimen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sidney Green talks about his basketball experiences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sidney Green describes the National Invitation Tournament game
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sidney Green talks about his college basketball statistics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sidney Green recalls being drafted by the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sidney Green describes his first year with the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sidney Green remembers his teammates on the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sidney Green recalls Michael Jordan's first year with the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Sidney Green talks about his experiences with the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sidney Green recalls being traded from the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sidney Green remembers playing for the Detroit Pistons
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sidney Green recalls buying a home for his mother in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sidney Green talks about the accomplishments of the New York Knicks
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sidney Green remembers his strongest basketball opponents
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sidney Green describes his teammates on the New York Knicks
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sidney Green describes his relationship with his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sidney Green recalls playing for the Orlando Magic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Sidney Green remembers being traded to the San Antonio Spurs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sidney Green remembers coaches Larry Brown and Jerry Tarkanian
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sidney Green recalls being traded to the Charlotte Hornets
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sidney Green remembers Alonzo Mourning
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sidney Green talks about his retirement from the NBA
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sidney Green recalls his jersey retirement ceremony at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sidney Green talks about his philanthropic foundations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sidney Green recalls coaching at South Hampton College in South Hampton, New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sidney Green talks about his coaching experiences at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Sidney Green describes his coaching experiences at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Sidney Green describes his coaching experiences at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sidney Green describes the 2002 March Madness competition
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sidney Green recalls watching his son play for the University of Florida
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sidney Green remembers becoming the Chicago Bulls team ambassador
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sidney Green shares his analysis of the 2012 Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sidney Green talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sidney Green describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Sidney Green reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Sidney Green reflects upon his life and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Sidney Green narrates his photographs