Marques Green laughs about it now. In a serious manner, though.
The 5-foot-7 guard wore shorts that nearly hung over his shoe tops and a jersey so big it could fit two people at once. The way he wore his uniform in the early 2000s as a Bona basketball standout was his preferred style for the entirety of his basketball career.
He just didn’t envision one of the many infamous images of him donning it would make it this far more than 15 years later.
Over the last several months, pictures of Green wearing the king-sized uniform have circulated through social media, especially Twitter. Green told TAPinto Greater Olean in a phone interview on Thursday that friends have tagged him in posts and sent him messages. His group chat with his former Bona teammates has been active, too.
On Thursday, however, it went to another level. Green made his way onto a T-Shirt designed by Friday Beers, a popular social media account that also sells merchandise.
“There was no social media back then. This was 2003, 2004. Definitely wouldn’t have thought of that. At the time that was the style,” Green said with a snicker. “Everyone was kind of wearing it like that. Big shorts and everything. Big shorts and everything. Everyone had big shorts and jerseys. That was just the way it was.
“I have seen the post. A couple of my friends reposted it today. I had no idea it was on a T-shirt, though. What shirt?”
The style for Green started in high school in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
“I had baggy shorts, but not that baggy," he recalled. "My coach wouldn’t let me.”
When Green got to St. Bonaventure, though, he was able to rock his style without too much concern.
Green did vividly recall a time when then-Bona coach Jim Baron, an SBU athletics hall of fame member who played for the team (1973-77) and coached the program (1992-01), harmlessly mentioned his shorts during a practice his freshman year.
“I think I remember Baron. ... I had baggy shorts my freshman year. I wanted to say that he told me … he didn’t discourage me, but he said, ‘hey man, you should roll them up.’ I don't remember exactly what he said.”
Green also joked that his teammates could have been better by taking it up with him. “I am in a group chat with a bunch of my Bona teammates now. I kinda blame them because they didn't say anything, but they say that they did tell me that they were too big. At that time, I didn’t care. That’s what I wanted to wear.”
Green kept his style running as his professional career evolved overseas, but said he eventually toned it down as the years went on.
Just as during his time at Bona, his style never really bothered anyone.
“It probably was [a shock], but nobody ever said anything. Never had coaches [say anything]. Especially at the professional level, it’s ‘are you getting your job done?’ didn’t care. It was all about getting your job done. Nobody really said anything. Never an issue.”
And Green always got his job done.
A member of the SBU basketball All-Time Team, which the university revealed as part of the program’s centennial season celebration in 2019-20, Green still has his name stamped all over the Bona record book.
Green left Bona in 2004 holding seven program records and still ranks eighth all-time in scoring with 1,734 points and first all-time in assists, steals and 3-point baskets made.
The feat for Green is impressive for a multitude of reasons.
After helping Bona reach the NIT as a freshman (2000-2001), things took a tail spin after a scandal rocked the program in 2003, Green’s junior season, and subsequently sent it into a tailspin.
Though many players decided to leave Bona for other schools in the aftermath, Green stuck around and gave Bonnies fans something to smile about at the beginning of what was a tumultuous road back to relevancy.
Green retired from basketball in August 2019 after spending a decade plus playing in various European countries.
Green enjoyed a successful stint in Turkey, where he played for TED Ankara Kolejliler in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara and scored over 500 points.
More recently, Green played in Italy for Bakery Basket Piacentina. In 2018-19, he started 32 games and averaged 36.5 minutes. He scored 9.5 points per game, adding 7.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds.
Green did not say whether he has plans to purchase the T-shirt. While Green got a kick out of it, he said Friday Beers did not reach out to him at any point before releasing the merchandise this morning.
“I am going to reach out to them because that is kind of using my likeness,” he said. “I don’t mind it, but you gotta do it the right way.”
Friday Beers has not yet responded to TAPinto Greater Olean’s request for comment.
Despite that, Green said that his brother owns his infamous shorts now. An updated picture, perhaps, is in the works.
“When all this started, I put them on,” he said with laughter. “My brother said, ‘hey, you gotta post that.’ I sent it to JR [Bremer] and the guys. I don’t know why I didn’t post it.”
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