Orien Randolph Greene II (born February 4, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for Guaros de Lara of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB). His first two professional seasons were spent with the NBA's Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers, respectively. He played briefly with the Sacramento Kings in 2007, and with the New Jersey Nets in 2011.
Greene in 2006.
|Born||February 4, 1982|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||218 lb (99 kg)|
|High school||Gainesville (Gainesville, Florida)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53rd overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|2007–2008||New Zealand Breakers|
|2011||New Jersey Nets|
|2011–2013||Los Angeles D-Fenders|
|2013–2014||Al Alhy Benghazi|
|2015||Ostioneros de Guaymas|
|2017||Guaros de Lara|
|Career highlights and awards|
A highly touted prospect coming out of high school, the 6'4" (1.93 m) point guard originally chose to attend the University of Florida, his hometown college. However, after a couple of years Greene became dissatisfied with his playing time and decided to transfer to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he became known in the Sun Belt Conference for his aggressive play, winning the Defensive Player of the Year award his senior season.
However, in 2007, an NCAA investigation found that Greene had relied on 15 hours of correspondence courses taken through another institution in order to remain eligible for the 2004 spring semester and the entire 2004-05 academic year. NCAA rules do not allow student-athletes to use correspondence courses taken from another institution to remain eligible. According to the NCAA, this was an "obvious error" that should have been caught right away, but the school's then-compliance coordinator director of academic services and registrar all failed to catch it. When school officials learned about the violations, they vacated every game in which Greene participated—43 games in all, including NCAA tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005—and scrubbed Greene's records from the books. The NCAA accepted Louisiana-Lafayette's penalties and also imposed two years' probation.
Greene began his pro career as backup to Delonte West. His status as the backup point guard was cemented by a season-ending injury to Dan Dickau and the trade of Marcus Banks to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Greene was used very sparingly in his season with the Pacers. He played in only 41 games, averaging 6.2 minutes per game; quite a drop off compared to playing in all but 2 games the previous year with the Celtics and averaging 15.4 minutes per game. The Pacers brought in Darrell Armstrong (from Dallas) and Keith McLeod (from Golden State) to compete with Greene for minutes at point guard. With Jamaal Tinsley holding the starting position, Greene fell to fourth on the depth chart, which resulted in very little playing time. Greene signed with the Sacramento Kings on August 30, 2007. He was waived by the Kings November 15, 2007 after playing just 7 games.
In 2010 Greene has been banned for two years for trying to dupe drug testers, backdated to March 12, 2009.
He later played for the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League. On February 1, 2011 Greene re-joined the NBA as he signed a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets. Afterwards, he rejoined the Flash.
In October 2012, Greene signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. He was waived by the team later that month. Later that month, he was re-acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders. On February 25, 2013, Greene was traded to the Reno Bighorns.
In October 2013, he joined Al Alhy Benghazi of Libya.
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- Theus completes his staff, posted August 30, 2007
- "Sacramento Kings waive guard Orien Greene". USA Today. November 15, 2007.
- 2007 Louisiana-Lafayette infractions report
- Montieth, Mark (July 10, 2006). "Greene joins Pacers for summer league". Indianapolis Star. Archived from the original on August 20, 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Breakers sign replacement from NBA". One Sport. November 27, 2007. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
- USADA And The Netherlands Anti-Doping Authority Partner To Uncover Tampering Scheme usada.org 8 June 2010
- Orien Greene. D-League profile].
- D-FENDERS ACQUIRE ORIEN GREENE
- Bucks add Eddie Gill, Orien Greene, Mustapha Farrakhan, Alando Tucker to training camp roster
- Bucks waive Mustapha Farrakhan, Eddie Gill, Orien Greene, Alando Tucker
- Full List of 2012 Returning, Affiliate and Local Tryout Players Invited to NBA D-League Training Camps Archived December 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- D-Fenders Trade for Jerome Jordan Archived February 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
- "Debutará con Fuerza Regia el ex NBA Orien Green". dominio.fm (in Spanish). December 1, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
- El alero Orien Greene será nuestro tercer importado de cara a la Liga de Las Américas y la LPB