Wednesday, June 4, 2008

DRAFT ME: I'M ONLY HURT A LITTLE

An MRI exam on North Carolina forward Danny Green's injured left elbow revealed a hairline fracture, his dad, Danny Green Sr., said Monday. But the junior will go forward with individual workouts to judge whether he wants to remain in the NBA Draft.

"He's sore," Green Sr. said. "But he's a tough kid. I asked him if he wanted to relax and just go back to school, ... but he said he wants to continue."

Green, who was already playing on a sore ankle, injured his elbow while attempting a dunk at the NBA pre-draft camp late last week in Orlando, Fla. A previous MRI exam came back negative on the ankle, Green Sr. said, then another MRI exam on Saturday on the elbow revealed the hairline fracture.

Green, one of the top sixth men in the country last season, has workouts scheduled with Toronto, Cleveland, Washington, San Antonio and Chicago, his dad said. His last workout is scheduled for June 13, so it won't be until near the actual deadline for early entries to withdraw from the draft -- June 16 -- that Green will decide whether to return to school. Green has said he'll likely stay in the draft if he thinks he will get a guaranteed contract.

Sophomore teammates Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington are also going through individual workouts.

"He's having a great experience," Green Sr. said of his son. "Roy [Williams, UNC's coach] has been keeping in contact with him, ... and Danny's just been playing."

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