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Kansas NBA Hopeful Brannen Greene ‘Lucky to Be Alive’ After Escaping Burning Car
Returning from NBA tryouts in California, former Kansas basketball star Brannen Greene was in an Uber on his way home from the airport in New York City when his car was rear-ended, tossed onto a guardrail, and burst into flames. Fortunately, Greene and the driver were both able to vacate the car with only seconds to spare before it was engulfed in flames, consuming all his luggage and personal items.
Said Jeff Greene, his dad (via KU Sports):
“Everything in the car — his phone, his computer, his luggage was burned and destroyed. The police said Brannen should not have survived. He walked away from it with a terrible headache, all-over body aches but for the most part he’s just dealing with mental trauma. To think he survived this … he said when the car got hit he felt like he was asleep, dreaming. He said, ‘I could see all this fire and I was getting hot.’ He said, ‘I’ve got to get out. I couldn’t get out. I couldn’t find my seatbelt and the wraps. I got scared. I finally hit it and the seat belt came loose. I jumped out the window and started running. Five seconds later it sounded like a bomb (with car engulfed in flames).”
Greene is sore with a headache, but dealing more with the mental trauma of the wreck than anything else. He’s presumed to be a likely candidate to make a d-league roster this summer, so tryouts should continue for him in relatively short order.