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October 15, 2008

Bishop Loughlin coach Khalid Green Nets a new job as NBA scout

NY Daily News
By Mark Lelinwalla

Holy _____! The NJ Nets are hiring the son of an early political backer of Atlantic Yards as a scout for the team.

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The Daily News has learned that the Nets have hired Bishop Loughlin High School coach Khalid Green as their East Coast college scout.

Apparently, the Bishop Loughlin coach has already done some work for the team:

Green previously had analyzed talent and conducted background checks on recruits for the Nets during the past two offseasons, but he is expecting a heavier workload in his new position. Green told the Daily News that he will primarily be scouting Big East games and some Atlantic 10 games, as well as enough Nets games to learn what players need on the NBA level.

Though Khalid Green admits that being the son of the former State Assemblyman helped get him "casually introduced" to Bruce Ratner, he did all of his own follow-up leg work:

Green, who starts his new job Nov.1 first made inroads with the Nets four years ago when his father, former Brooklyn assemblyman Roger Green, casually introduced him to Nets owner Bruce Ratner in downtown Brooklyn.

"He plugged me in and let me shake hands with people that normally I wouldn't have been able to meet," Green said. "I took it from there. I know how to grind. One thing led to another. I'm happy to leave Loughlin better than I found it and eager to learn more with the Nets."

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NoLandGrab: A "casual introduction" to Bruce Ratner is one of those tangible "community benefits" of the Atlantic Yards project.

Posted by lumi at October 15, 2008 7:18 AM