Former Net, Sixer Green dies of lung cancer

Updated: January 26, 2006, 5:37 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Former pro basketball forward Luther "Sally" Green, who played for the New York Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers, has died from lung cancer. He was 59.

Green died Wednesday at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Ellen Watson said Thursday.

Green was a star at DeWitt Clinton High School, then went to Long Island University, where as a 6-foot, 6-inch senior he was selected a University Division All-Star by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association in 1968. He was inducted into LIU's Hall of Fame in 2003.

He played 85 regular-season games for the Nets over two seasons in the American Basketball Association 1969-71, scoring 381 points plus 32 more in seven playoff games. He had three points over five games with Philadelphia in the NBA in 1972-73.

He also played for the Harlem Wizards from 1971-72 and in Argentina from 1978-82, according to his sister-in-law, Paula Clark Green. At DeWitt Clinton, he played with Nate Archibald, she said.

He is survived by his wife, Perchelle Dunston Green; sons Omar and LaRon Green; daughter Teauna Upshaw; mother Lavinia Green; and brothers Michael Green and Jackie Ford.


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