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Your Morning Dump… Where Jeff Green is ready to lead

Chuck - Red's Army July 10, 2013 Jeff Green, The Morning Dump 23 Comments

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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.

“Now it’s time for the other guys to step up. We have (Rajon) Rondo, who has won a championship. He knows what it takes to win. We have myself, who was part of a 50-win team in Oklahoma. Kevin and Paul taught me the ropes to be a leader. I’m ready for the challenge, and I’m sure that Courtney and Avery (Bradley) will also be ready to step up and be more vocal.”

Green admittedly is about to lose his security blanket in Garnett, who focused on empowering Green last season. When Garnett said Green had the potential to be one of the best players in the league, he was genuinely touched.

“They were big in my process. Just mentally Kev started me out to be a more vocally active type of player, a leader by action, not on his level, but in my own skin and my own way,” said Green. “I owe that to him for my growth in the game. He’s done a lot for me on and off the court. He’s a guy I looked to, who helped me to get to this position. A lot can be owed to him.”

Herald – Green well primed to lead

Glad to hear that Jeff Green is ready for the baton because he really doesn’t have a choice.

At 26, he’s in the prime of his career. There’s no longer pressure to defer to Hall of Fame teammates. He’s going to play a lot more minutes and get a lot more opportunities.

The same goes for Rajon Rondo.

Call me a crazy Green-teamer, but I’m not convinced this team is doomed for failure next season.

While the roster is still a work in progress, it’s quite possible they win more regular season games than last year.

Yup, I said it.

Related – ESPN Boston: Celtics core pushes back | Globe (subscription) – Optimistic Green ready to lead Celtics | CSNNE – Green ready to be go-to option

The Herald’s Mark Murphy has an update on the team’s pursuit of Brazilian center Vitor Faverani:

League source confirms that Celts talking with Brazilian center Vitor Faverani. But as to whether deal is imminent, he said, “Not sure.”

Not so fast on Celtics’ talks with Faverani. Buyout would be involved. Team debating situation.

Is there room for Faverani on this roster? I count 3 power forwards (Sullinger, Humphries, Bass) and one center (Olynyk). Shavlik Randolph is on the fringe and Fab Melo is destined for Maine (again).

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Iverson as cool as ice | The Rondo Desire | Herald – Go slow on Kelly Olynyk hype | Boston.com – A to-do list for Brad Stevens | CSNNE – Olynyk: TV doesn’t justify NBA game | Pressey’s mental toughness an asset

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  • 84_and_7

    I 100% expect this team to be over .500 easily

  • Jester00

    Trade Kim Humphries or Bass if anyone will take them

    • http://nohippiejohnny.blogspot.com/ J.D.

      I like Bass, he actually can put effort in his defense, but trade Humphries for sure… I never want to see him in green.

      • LA Flake

        Humphries ain’t bad. Give him a chance.

        • zippittyay

          Maybe, but I can’t see keeping Bass AND Humphries.

      • Romeo

        Butterfingers bass? He needs to go

  • Chuck Moran

    I like the team but Danny def wants to tank or else he would be trying to make the team better. Haven’t heard any talks about them trying to sign any free agents.

    • Arthur

      I don’t think that necessarily spells tank. Celtics don’t have the space to sign sought-after free agents AND build a team for the future. I think the lack of chatter is just a matter of holding on to the assets he just amassed and doing something with those picks.

      And besides, what do we know? We hadn’t heard any talks about them trying to hire Brad Stevens.

  • Alex Sillerman

    if humphries didnt have the kardashian stain attached to him people wouldnt be so down on him, especially celtics fans. the guy isnt a glamorous player but he plays physically and doesnt try to play outside of himself. he can average a double double or close to it easy and he- gasp- rebounds the ball offensively, something c’s fans haven’t seen in quite awhile.

  • zippittyay

    If Melo is going to Maine, where does that leave Colton? I believe CI is better now than Melo will ever be.

  • Curt Hays

    Does anyone even expect Humphries to play a single minute in green? I don’t. I figured Rondo would punch him at the first practice…though if they ARE in fact over their in-game tiff, then Humph would be a great add to the Cs.

  • Cory18

    I agree that this team could definitely win more games than last season. With rondo coming back and Green hopefully coming out playing like he did at the end of last season. And on a separate note, I hope we bring back Shavlik Randolph looked great especially on the boards in his time playing last season.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Jeff Green…Leader?
    Not happening…Ever.

    You can`t change who you are. Jeff Green`s destiny is to disappoint. JG`s one flashy, SportsCenter worthy slam dunk per game does not offset the fact that he is essentially a lethargic, wallflower of an athlete.

    He remains a Celtic only because Ainge is reluctant to admit his mistake, and there is no real market for him.

    • zippittyay

      I’m saving that juicy post for 6 months from now when we are lobbying to get JG put on the All-Star squad for the East.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Whether he deserves it or not?

    • omitasub

      Jeff Green’s destiny is to disappoint?

      Troll at its finest, folks.

      He had his best season as a Celtic last year, and he was not even 100 percent.

      Get your head out of your ass.

      • forever_green

        Reds not a troll, crazy maybe but not a troll.

        • RedsLoveChild

          LOL!
          Thanks for the “back-up”…I think.

          Seriously, I can`t picture other GM`s calling Ainge asking, “What will it take for you to send me Jeff Green, and that $30M still on his contract?”.

          • Jason_Brighton

            Why is the 27M so awful? He’s a bonafied starting SG, able to get to the basket at will, shoot the jumper, shoot high percentage from beyond the arc, still not 100%, only 26. He’s making as much as Ariza. He’s making half of what Gay, Deng, Granger, Smith, …. I mean Paul George is probably the only more attractive SF right now in the league at a below max salary. I think Jeff’s contract is great. I bet he even opts out of the player option in his last year to get closer to what he deserves as the top scorer on a team.

    • eddysamson

      I was so disappointed with his team high 20.3 PPG against the Knicks. I mean…the team was AWFUL on offense, he clearly should have averaged 40 PPG to carry them all to a win, but nope! He failed us in that regard…………….right lol.

  • forever_green

    I cant believe some people like Mr. Herpes..

    • forever_green

      Haha, sticking up for humphries….its only fact Kim said he gave her herpes..

  • Jason_Brighton

    I look at it this way, one of two things will happen:

    1. Danny will make additional moves to finalize the roster. Rondo comes back at 100% early, our young core really meshes well and we see the beginning of a winning team in a weak eastern conference. Danny opts to deal some of those picks for a Center piece like Cousins and the rebuild is complete.

    2. The young guys get minutes, we see flashes off solid basketball, but ultimately are a losing team. We aren’t “tanking” but its clear we need to get into the lottery and then lineups are created in the 2nd half of the season to ensure we are one of the 10 worst teams to get one of the 7-8 allstar caliber players coming out of the draft.

    Bottom line is, there is a wait-and-see mentality. How this group comes together under Stevens will dictate if we will be a lottery team and for how long.