“Do I still look at what Oklahoma City does? No,” a nearly expressionless Green said.
Did he keep track of them for a time after the trade?
“I move on easy,” the easy talking 6-foot-9 forward said.
It is clear that Green is easily one of the most focused, forgiving and pragmatic people ever to lace on a pair of sneakers. Either that or he’s, you know, fibbing.
[…] And he wasn’t unhappy when OK City made it to the NBA Finals last June. Actually, to hear Green tell it, he wasn’t much of anything.
“I saw the games, but it was like a blank kind of watching,” he said. “I wasn’t really paying attention. I wasn’t like studying or trying to figure out how I could be helping them or anything like that.”
This story is a classic case of everyone’s reaction being colored by his recent performance. If he’d come out to a hot start and started to live up to some of our expectations, we’d applaud him for being professional, accepting the fact that he was traded, and understanding that he was going to a great situation.
But he’s come out to an inconsistent (to be nice) start, and now you look at that and you wonder how he can be so emotionless about something as life altering as a trade. When you look at Green and see the talent level…. and when you KNOW the problem he has is a lack of aggressiveness on the court…. you look at situations like tonight as a “revenge” situation. This is one of those games where you want Green spotting Sam Presti in the crowd and staring him down as he attacks over, and over, and over again.
But that’s wishful thinking. The thing with Jeff Green is, it’s not impossible for that wish to come true. He might just come out tonight pissed off and do the things we want him to do. Or he might not. And even if he does, there’s no guarantee he’d carry it into Sunday’s Orlando game.
We’ll see, I guess. I know if I was the guy who got traded, I’d have the middle finger up the whole time I played them.
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