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Your Morning Dump… Where Jeff Green feels better than he did before surgery

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) August 6, 2012 Injuries, The Morning Dump 9 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. 

I trust that you’re feeling much better these days?

“I feel awesome. I actually feel a lot better than I did prior to the surgery. It was a blessing, and I’m doing better now.”

Heels to Hoops

This is a nice interview with Jeff, who hasn’t given a tremendous amount of interviews.  Go read the whole thing because he touches on a lot.  And he ends it like this.

Is there anything else that you’d like to say to your fans?

“To all the Boston fans that read this…banner 18 is on the way.”

The man knows his audience, that’s for sure.

Reading the whole interview, you get a sense for why he really like Boston.  He’s a city kid and the pace of Boston really appeals to him.  He’s in a great situation playing with Hall of Famers and he’s got a chance at a ring.

Jeff Green is a wild card for this team.  No one can really predict what he’ll be.  He’s had a few years in the NBA where he’s been ok… but mostly just ok.  John Hollinger, in highly praising the Celtics offseason (insider link)  summed up a pretty common feeling about Green’s deal.

The one negative was the Green deal, which is believed to be four years, $32 million — far too much for a player who has proven fairly replaceable in his first four seasons and missed the fifth with a heart problem. Nonetheless, Boston, against all odds, seems primed for yet one more run.

Valid points from Hollinger there.  When you look at his history, replaceable is one way to describe him.  However, there is one big thing hanging out there that is immeasurable:  his changed perspective on life and basketball.

Will this surgery, and the new perspective it gave him, actually lead to a more aggressive, better Jeff Green than we knew in the past?   His agent said Green will have “more fire in his belly”… which would be nice.  If Green truly does, and if Green live up to his contract, then the Celtics will be a force.

And that’s the other side of the issue.  Players who get big contracts in Boston can feel a little more pressure to live up to them.  If Green falls into that trap and presses, plays poorly, and loses confidence… then the Celtics will still be good, but they’ll have a big, glaring hole in the bench.

Personally, I’m confident in Green.  I’m not sure if he’ll get to an All Star level… but I think he’ll be good.  And I’d be happy if his level of production leads someone in a year or two to say “well, maybe he’s a little overpaid, but it’s not too bad.”

Oh, and finally… no, I don’t know why he’s officially not signed yet.  But when you look at the way everyone in this situation is carrying himself, I don’t see any reason why whatever the hold up is can’t get hammered out.

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  • RedsLoveChild

    The only questions I have are…..who is Jeff Green`s agent, and why hasn`t every NBA player hired him?

    • Gixr1

      What do you have against a 25 year old 6’9 forward that can run the floor shoot the three and can play multiple spots?
      He played less than thirty games for us without a camp and was way better than anything we had off the bench this year. I think he’s going to have a nice year.

      • kg215

        Simple, he shoots a poor % and hasn’t really shown he is great at any single thing. He IS athletic and versatile, but so far a jack of all trades a master of none. For someone like that who just came off heart surgery 9 million a year for 4 years is way too much. That is why I agree with Redslovechild, Green’s agent (David Falk) is brilliant for getting Green such a big contract when Green has proven nothing.

        • Gixr1

          He shot 48% from the floor in about 30 games with no training camp, and a crash course on offensive sets,defensive rotations and assignments. Is he overpaid? We can debate this to no end and I can find an obscene amount of players that are overpaid by different measures.
          I would rather overpay for a player who we can all agree has not seen hi best days, than for one who has.

      • Gixr1

        As far as David Falk is concerned, he’s at the top of NBA agents. I believe he was partially responsible for securing Jordan’s deal with Nike. Can’t get better than that although I have heard of players representing themselves on contract negotiations since most are based on Scales.
        I’m pretty sure Ray Allen negotiated a max deal for himself when he was a member of the bucks.
        Either way you look at it the cream always rises to the top! You either pay them or someone else will.

  • bigd

    is he having more complications.. it’s getting late in the game to get something done.

  • Jim

    Just read where Michael Jordan failed to make it onto his school team as a sixteen year old.What was his reaction, he set to work ,worked his behind off and made it onto his team.My advice to Jeff and the draftees,follow Michael Jordan and get to work.

  • RA_PapaIrish

    Playing outside your comfort zone at a high level is in my opinion one of the hardest things to do in basketball, and that is what Jeff Green has been asked to do his entire NBA career. Playing out of position is one thing, and he certainly was asked to do that, but being a role player in a role that wasn’t compatible with his strengths is a whole different level, and it is a hell of a tough thing to do.

    Playing with the best point guard in the league getting him easy buckets, in a more structured celtics enviornment, and a scorers role will do wonders for his game. He’ll break out similar to how Avery Bradley did this season.

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