Rainmen Add Guards

Newest Halifax Rainmen and former Boston Celtic, Orien Greene

The Halifax Rainmen have added a couple more players with NBA experience to their roster. But depsite the departure of DeAndre Thomas, and lack of other signinficant big men, the two newest Rainmen are guards. Thursday the team announced they had signed 6’5’’ 210-pound guard Orien Greene and 6’5’’ 191-pound shooting guard, Richard Delk.

“Orien and Richard are two explosive guards with NBA experience that can break you down off the dribble,” said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. “With these new signings, fans can expect to see more athleticism on the court, as well as more ball pressure and a better presence on the defensive end.”

29-year-old Greene became known for his aggressive play during his college career at the University of Florida and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he earned the award of defensive player of the year in his senior season.

In 2005, Greene was drafted with the 53rd overall pick by the Boston Celtics, and began his professional career as backup to Delonte West. Greene spent last season with the New Jersey Nets, and has appeared in a total of 131 NBA games.

24-year-old Delk is the nephew of former NBA player Tony Delk. He graduated from Troy University in 2010, and went on to sign a one-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

Both Greene and Delk will make their Rainmen debut during tonight’s game at the Halifax Metro Centre at 7 p.m. against the Moncton Miracles.

Also returning to the lineup is Eric Crookshank, who should give a much needed boost on the boards for the team. Crookshank sat out the last game due to suspension following an altercation with the aforementioned Thomas. Thomas had been annointed as the solution to the Rainmen’s perpetual lack of consistency with big men in the middle. That lack of size down low was exploited by the London Lightning enroute to the team’s 0-2 start.

I’m wondering how long it will be before we hear of another new signing this time in the form of a center/power forward.

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