On This Date: Knicks acquire Sidney Green

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October 29th 1987: The New York Knicks acquire Sidney Green

The New York Knicks acquired Sidney Green from the Detroit Pistons for Ron Moore and a 1988 2nd round pick. The team sought a true power forward to align with Patrick Ewing. The idea of playing both Bill Cartwright & Patrick Ewing simply wasn’t plausible anymore. Having two centers in the lineup hampered the team’s big man depth and created additional vulnerabilities against the elite power forwards such as Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Kevin McHale, amongst others.

Green slotted into the starting power forward role. He played in every single game during his two year tenure with the Knicks. The acquisition of Charles Oakley moved Green to the bench during the 1988-89 season. After the season ended, the Orlando Magic picked Green in the 1989 Expansion Draft.

After his NBA career ended in 1993, Green went into a coaching career. He spent a decade coaching in college basketball for 3 different organizations, including Florida Atlantic University. His son, Taurean Green, had a very short NBA career (less than 75 minutes) before embarking on his basketball career overseas.  The Knicks actually acquired Green in a deal with the Denver Nuggets for Renaldo Balkman. However, the deal was done just for salary cap purposes as the team waived him the day after the acquisition.

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