You never know who's going to walk through the door at Impact
Basketball in Las Vegas.
Some days, you may see multiple stars training with Joe
Abunassar and his staff. One day last summer, Kyle Lowry, DeMar
DeRozan, Paul George, LaMelo Ball and Tyrese Haliburton each came
through to work out. Over a 24-hour span last week, Kevin Garnett,
Carmelo Anthony and Tayshaun Prince showed up to the famed gym.
Impact Basketball is known as a revolving door of notable NBA
players, with plenty of people popping in for a workout or pick-up
run. However, a select few players spend the entire offseason at
Impact, creating a custom development plan, working out with
Abunassar daily, following a strict diet, tracking their biometrics and
This summer, one player who committed to this intensive
offseason regimen is Dallas Mavericks wing Josh Green. Less than 24
hours after the Mavs were eliminated from the 2022 NBA Playoffs,
Green contacted Abunassar to map out his summer program.
“I texted Joe the day after we unfortunately lost, and I told
him that I was ready to go whenever,” Green told Basketball News.
“After that, I stayed about three days in Dallas and went on a
quick vacation, and then I was at Impact. I’ve been here for about
“We’ve had a lot of time to work with him this summer because he
got here early,” Abunassar said. “He took four or five days after
the season and then got out here, and he hasn’t left town. While
guys are in and out and doing all of this other stuff, he’s been
locked in and working on the same things every day. The fact that
he’s locked in and so consistent is going to result in a very good
season. I think it says a lot about his commitment and what his
focus is for next season. It’s time for Josh to really, really step
up — as he did last year, but this is that next step.”
Prior to Garnett’s MVP season in 2003-04, KG locked in and
really embraced the nutrition component of Abunassar’s program.
Before Lowry became a first-time All-Star at 28 years old, he spent
the offseason with Impact, making significant changes to his diet
for the first time and even leaving his honeymoon early to get in
extra training. In both cases, Abunassar predicted their breakout
success before the season based on what he’d witnessed behind the
“If you talk to most NBA players, they’re all over the place.
For them to put themselves in one place for two straight months and
consistently follow the same schedule, that’s pretty rare,”
Abunassar said. “But I will tell you this: I’ve done this for 25
years and every guy who does that has a good season — whether it’s
with me or wherever.”
Green is hoping to become Impact's latest success story. The
21-year-old entered this offseason with some extra motivation after
getting benched during the Mavs’ postseason run.
“Being able to get to the Conference Finals during my second
year only makes me want to go further and further,” Green said. “I
was able to play in the Utah series and then got benched. So, for
me, it’s cool that I was able to play in the rotation for the first
[series], but shit, I’m a basketball player and wanted to continue
to [play]. But there was a reason: I need to hit my shots. So going
into this offseason, that motivated me a lot more. I want to make
sure I’m ready to go for next season, so when that opportunity
comes again, I’m confident going into it and ready to go...
“It’s hard being on the bench and watching the team lose and
being like, ‘Damn, I want to play.’ ... I’m one of the most
competitive people. I hate it, but whatever it is, I’m just
While he played sparingly during the Mavs’ series against
Phoenix Suns, he was animated when discussing Dallas’ Game 6 win to
protect its homecourt and the team’s blowout win in Game 7 to
advance to the Western Conference Finals.
“It was crazy!” Green said of beating the Suns. “Obviously, we
had to defend our home court [in Game 6], otherwise they were going
to win it. And I felt confident; I had never seen our team so
locked in, so I was like, ‘We’ve got this game.’ Then, heading into
Phoenix, you know, it’s hard — you don’t know what to expect. But
we were the same prepared team. Then, we come out and we just start
connecting and (snaps fingers).
"It was crazy, man. I’m just watching the game like, ‘Is this
really happening?!’’ It was really awesome to be a part of that and
see the team so happy. Luka [Doncic] was a great leader that game,
as he was the whole year. It was good for everybody, it was just a
huge stride for our whole team.”
Green looks like a different player this summer, knocking down
three-pointers with ease, putting the ball on the floor and turning
heads throughout the gym.
“I think the biggest thing for me is just realizing what I need
to do to help the team out; I’m not trying to work on stuff that
I’m not gonna do in a game,” Green said. “And I’m coming in with
full confidence, knowing what I need to do and being ready to go.
I’m more motivated than ever.”
“The first month, we really just worked on ball-handling,
finishing and getting him more efficient,” Abunassar explained.
“He’s so strong and powerful and fast that, if he’s efficient and
attacks the rim at angles and can finish, he’s going to be really
difficult to stop. Last year, he finished the season shooting over
40% on corner threes, so he’s gotten a lot better in that area —
but we’ve continued to work on his three-point shooting.
Three-point shooting, ball-handling, finishing and getting him into
the ultimate physical shape are the main things.”
Green admits that his ball-handling and shooting weren’t where
they needed to be last season.
“Last year, I was very hesitant with my dribbling and not
knowing [what to do],” Green said. “I’ve always known how to
dribble — like in high school and everything, I was playing point
guard. But as you get on [higher levels of play], you get the ball
less and less. So for me, it’s just making sure that I’m able to
dribble. It creates many more [opportunities], and it builds a lot
of confidence as well when you’re able to dribble, so that’s been a
huge thing that we’ve tried to work on this offseason.
“[And shooting] is just something that you can never not work
on. For me, my leg would go in a lot last year and I need to make
sure that my base isn’t too wide, so there were a couple of
corrections that I made. I’m just trying to stay as consistent as I
can, and I’ve been able to see a good amount of development in my
shot, so I’m just trying to keep that up and make sure that I shoot
well next year... So, yeah, my shot has been a big thing that I’ve
been working on this summer.”
After working on these aspects of his game over the last month,
Green looks more confident than ever.
“My confidence is high, man. I’m ready to go, and I can’t wait
for next year,” Green said. “Coach [Jason] Kidd really helped me
out last year, and he has a lot of trust in me, so now it’s just
about me going forward and continuing to develop and show what I
can do. I’m on a veteran team — a very good team — so for me, it’s
just about doing what I can do to impress and just play like I
“His confidence has improved a lot,” Abunassar added. “When
you’re working on something for three or four hours a day, you tend
to become more confident as it improves. The confidence comes with
the work, and the fact that he’s stayed so consistent... I think
just recently, the confidence has gotten even higher because it’s
working. As Josh has seen himself progress, he has become much more
Green is also buying in from a nutrition standpoint. He’s
following his dietary plan and avoiding certain foods (such as
butter), which has made eating out at restaurants a challenge.
"I want to have a big year,” Green explained to Basketball News.
"When you're young, whatever you see in front of you is what you
want. I [was] able to start here early and realize, 'If I want to
play ball for a while, it's important to put the right things in my
body and stay healthy.' It's the same thing as seeing your physical
therapist and getting treatment — if not more important for your
Abunassar is pleased with Green’s development, especially since
he’s still just 21 years old (which is younger than some incoming
“He’s only 21, and I think his long-term potential is to be a
starter on a really good team for a long time,” Abunassar said.
“Josh wants to win. He’s not a volume type of guy; he’s a key piece
on a really good team. I think teams are seeing that and Dallas is
seeing that and putting a lot of confidence in him.
“His rookie season was the COVID year, which started late. For
all of those guys, it was kind of a wash; they couldn’t do
team-building stuff or extra workouts — there were restrictions on
their gym time. So, for all of those guys, you’re really looking at
last year as being their rookie season. If you look at what he did
as somewhat of a rookie last year, it was very impressive. And in
the future, he’ll continue to build to where he’s a mainstay on a
really good team.”
Green agrees with Abunassar’s assessment of his rookie year, and
he hopes that the work he’s putting in at Impact Basketball can
help him take the next step in his career.
“I feel like last year was a good year — it kinda felt like my
rookie year, since I didn’t really get to play much during my
actual rookie year,” Green said. “I think it’s kinda hard to tell
[my ceiling] right now, so for me, it’s just about focusing on the
present and making sure that I’m ready to go for next season. But
I’d like to think that I do have a high upside, and I really do
think I can be a major piece for the Mavericks moving forward. I’m
hoping that next year I’m able to show that.
“I love playing with guys like Luka and the rest of the team,
and I think it’s a perfect situation for me to be in. A lot of
other rookies get to go to teams where they get an opportunity
right away, but for others like me, it takes some time. I’m just
happy that I’m at the time now where I’m finally getting in the
Over his first two seasons in the NBA, Green didn’t get to play
a ton, but he did show flashes. Last January, in a win over the
Houston Rockets, Green had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2
steals in 25 minutes (while shooting 85.7% from the field, nailing
his only attempt from three-point range and hitting 4-of-5 free
throws). In the very next game, Green helped the Mavericks beat the
Chicago Bulls, contributing an efficient 18 points and 6 rebounds
in 22 minutes (on 80/100/100 shooting splits).
“I’m very impressed with Josh and his game,” Abunassar said.
“He’s got great size, great speed, great athleticism. Defense is
what’s going to get him on the floor in Dallas; obviously, with
their roster, they’re not looking for another 25-point-per-game
scorer. He’ll start with his defense, but I think his offensive
role will expand tremendously this season because of the improved
ball-handling and finishing, and just him being a more confident
Josh on the offensive side.
“Last year, over the last 40- or 50-something games, he played
15-to-18 minutes and they were putting him in the game to guard.
Now, I think they’re going to continue to put him in the game to
guard, but he can expand on that. Like any young player, you add
stuff to your game every year; this year, I just think his
offensive focus and their ability to use him on offense will be
In 2020, Green represented Australia in the Olympics and helped
the Boomers win the bronze medal (the country's first Olympic medal
in men's basketball). It was an incredible experience for Green,
who was a teenager at the time.
“When we were at the Olympics, it felt like the whole world was
behind us,” Green said. “I feel like it’s a good team to cheer on;
we have very good personalities and the team is just great to be
around. I think [basketball] is getting a lot bigger in Australia.
Obviously, there’s Aussie rules [football] and rugby and cricket
and all of that stuff, but now that there are seven or eight
Australian players around the NBA, it’s becoming a lot more
appealing for these guys.”
Next month, Green is visiting Australia for two weeks. Then,
he’ll be back at Impact Basketball until the start of training
“I’m looking forward to being able to go back and just being
able to go to my old school and everything like that,” Green said.
“I miss Australia. I miss Australia a lot... I’m really looking
forward to it.”
At 14 years old, Green left Australia in order to play
high-school basketball in the United States and chase his NBA
dream. It was a sacrifice that he was willing to make, but it
“When I came from Australia, I remember landing in Phoenix and
being really excited, but then I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m not
going back,’” Green recalled. “At that point, I was at a stage
where I wasn’t being recruited and I didn’t even know if I was
going to play basketball [at the next level], so I actually started
asking my mom about going back to Australia and playing Australian
football. But yeah, it was really hard.
“And going back is gonna be hard because I want to go
back, but I miss it so much that I know I’m gonna be there [and not
want to leave]. It’s awesome, man, and I’m really looking forward
to it. It’s home. My little sister is talking to me — she’s young
and she doesn’t remember anything, so I’m like, ‘It’s definitely
time to go back.’”
Green is glad that today’s up-and-coming Australian prospects
don’t need to leave the country in order to get recruited or show
up on the NBA’s radar. He points to his childhood friend, Tyrese
Proctor, as an example; the Sydney native is a five-star recruit
who will play for Duke next year.
“I think it’s awesome, you’ve got guys like Tyrese Procter
coming up now,” Green said. “It’s crazy because our families are
extremely close; my dad was the best man in [his parents’] wedding.
So it’s awesome seeing him from such a young age and then, out of
nowhere, he’s an NBA prospect now!
"But it’s cool seeing Australia finally on the come up. For guys
like me, I had to move at a young age in order to get recognition.
Now, the fact that you can stay in Australia and go down that path
[and get noticed], I think it’s great. It’s one of those things
where I’m always down to get involved and help out the next
up-and-coming group. Australian culture is like nothing else I’ve
ever experienced, so I never want to be away from that.”
Green would surely love to spend the entire summer in Australia
and eat whatever he wants (like many 21-year-olds), but he
understands that this is a pivotal summer for his NBA career.
Once again, he’s prioritizing his NBA dream and making the
necessary sacrifices in order to realize his full potential.