Lots of people have commented that Andrew Vye may have not served his client, Gerald Green, very well in the 2005 NBA draft. Green, who just a few weeks ago seemed to be a lock as a top ten, at times even a top five pick, fell all the way to number eighteen.
At least two NBA general managers chafed at the Green camp's refusal to let Gerald Green workout against other players. In hindsight, that looks like a very bad decision.
Just for fun, here is what Andrew Vye said in May:
"I cannot wait to make Gerald available to NBA decision makers so that they can see what type of young man I have the pleasure of representing. We will visit teams currently picking 3-6 in the upcoming draft, while leaving time to account for revisits / interviews as well as teams desiring to move up in the Draft order to have a chance to draft Gerald. If I feel we have a shot at the top two slots, I will make time before the 28th of June to visit them as well. My strategy is an open-door policy due to the fact that I feel Gerald has nothing to hide. It is clear that the more time people spend around him the more impressed they become. I plan to give each team the opportunity to spend as much time with Gerald as is allowable under the NBA regulations."
Then after his client didn't go first, second, or anything close (he was selected 18th by the Celtics), Andrew Vye still had to put on a happy face for the media.Here's how the Boston Globe's Shira Springer reported it:
Despite the unexpected drop, Green's agent, Andrew Vye was pleased to see his client land with the Celtics.
''With a quality basketball team set up to help young players in the transition process, if we were going to fall, we couldn't have fallen to a better place," said Vye. ''A lot of people will realize they made a mistake."
Most of all, whoever decided not to let him work out against competition.
In fairness, there are lots of theories as to why Gerald Green dropped. Here's a crazy piece of Gerald Green news from Jeff Goodman at the Boston Herald: he has one finger that's about an inch shorter than the rest:
When he was 11, Green was playing in his Houston home, where he had put up a makeshift hoop over a doorway. While wearing his mother's class ring, he caught the ring on a nail that was holding up the basket.
``I was trying to see how high I could jump,'' he said.
Almost a decade later, Green's father, Gerald Sr., still cringes when talking about the accident.
``They couldn't re-attach it,'' the elder Green said. ``So they had to shave off part of his finger. I had nightmares about it.''
If I were Andrew Vye, I'd promote the finger theory every chance I got.