|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM|
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For the first time in Jeff Green's career he's being asked to be the go-to guy for the first time. Green has been the third or fourth option for this entire career, but now his teammates expect so much more out of him. Rondo's going to need a teammate to score alongside him. If Jeff Green can't hit the next level with Rondo giving him the ball then there is no hope for Jeff Green.
"The target is on Jeff's back," said Lee. "Last year, we had [Kevin Garnett], Paul [Pierce] and you knew those guys were going to be the go-to guys. And you had [Rajon] Rondo who was going to make the play. Jeff is that guy that came along and just showed everybody what he's capable of doing. Now, I think everybody in the NBA knows that now, so he's going to have a big target on his back."
I'm not trying to stir up anything, but KG and Pierce were ahead of Rondo last season when it comes to voices in the locker room. Everyone listened to them, and Rondo wasn't the voice that mattered. Which I understand, and that's why Danny had to make the trade. Nobody take Rondo 100% serious when you have two future Hall of Famers still with the team. Old news guys, but I don't worry about Rondo taking the reigns back when he's able to come back.
"I think Jeff is a really important player for our team," said Stevens. "The reason I say that is because he's a guy with a high ceiling, as anybody can see. I think he's very good in the open floor. I think he can get even better, both in the open floor and in the half court. And I think he's hungry to do well.
"[Green has] been in the [practice facility the past two weeks] and been very active and been great to have around. I think the thing that Jeff also brings to us is he can also play the 2, 3, [and] 4 in a given scenario for us. Especially with Rajon out early in the season, you could see him all over the place. That's going to provide some challenges for him, because he's going to have to be that much ahead of everybody else in one, two, [or] three positions. But it also provides ample opportunity for a number of guys, because it's then who can best fit with him? And then we figure out how to go from there."
Jeff Green reminded us of James Worhty at times. What if we have the next Magic and Worhty combo in the 2000's? Rondo is magic like, and Green has Worhty type qualities with his game. All we need is a big to take some hook shots.