‘Big 19’: Jalen Green celebrates birthday ahead of NBA G League debut

Published February 10, 2021, 2:27 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Big 19 – Jalen Green celebrates his 19th birthday inside the NBA G League bubble in Orlando, Florida Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) ahead of the 2020-21 season. (Photo from NBA G League’s Instagram account)

Filipino-American cager Jalen Green celebrated his 19th birthday Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) inside the NBA G League bubble in Orlando, Florida ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Green marked his “Big 19” celebration in the bubble and received a warm welcome from the staff, friends, and teammates.

In a series of Instagram Stories and posts, the 19-year-old prodigy happily shared how he was surprised by the NBA G League family.

“19 more life! more opportunities! blessings,” wrote Green on his Instagram post.

The NBA G League will kick off on Wednesday, February 10 (Thursday, February 11, Manila time) as Green and the rest of Team Ignite joins 17 other squads at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Team Ignite begins its campaign and faces an acid test against the Santa Cruz Warriors at 11 a.m. (12 a.m., Manila time).

And the potential NBA No. 1 pick is just as locked and loaded as he was before.

“My ultimate goal is to get to the [NBA] league. So when the G League came up, it was a great option because it puts you one step ahead of everybody in college,” said Green in a separate post by the NBA G League.

“You’re more on NBA terms, you’re learning a lifestyle, the business of basketball.”