Suns team shop selling four-fingered foam hand in honor of Gerald Green (photo)
The Phoenix Suns will begin on Tuesday to sell a foam hand in tribute of backup swingman Gerald Green. But it’s why the foam hand is so fitting for Green is what makes it such an interesting piece of memorabilia merchandise.
Green was involved in a freak accident when he was in sixth grade that left him with only half of the ring finger on his left hand. He had set up a hoop on a doorway and attempted a slam dunk on it while wearing his mother’s class ring and the jewelry got caught up on a nail, tearing his finger open to the bone.
“All you saw was nothing but white bone, like a skeleton,” Green said in a New York Daily News report in 2012. “They said my tendons, all my ligaments were ripped out.”
Amputation apparently was the only option, leaving Green with only nine-and-a-half fingers, something that did not prevent him from eventually being selected by Boston Celtics with the eighteenth-overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Now coming off the bench with the Suns, Green has turned into an accomplished role player, averaging 14 points and three rebounds. With the Cleveland Cavaliers in town for a showdown with the Suns at US Airways Center Tuesday, the pro shop will have foam fingers specifically designed in tribute of Green’s ability to overcome a kind of adversity that should have made it difficult to rise to such heights in professional basketball.
The foam finger clearly depicts Green’s shortened left ring finger and features his jersey number as well as the moniker “Four Fingered Assassin.” The Suns posted a photo on Monday showing that the Green Foam Fingers are on-hand and ready for purchase.
The unique cheering apparatus will retail for $12.
[H/T FOX Sports, top photo credit: Jennifer Stewart/USA TODAY Sports]