|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 4, 2013 at 5:10 AM|
Sometimes we often get ahead of ourselves.The preseason gives fans an optimistic outlook, and for the past 6 years we had a reason to be more than pleased. This year, we have the media looking down at the Celtics, and were waiting for the return of Rondo. Another aspect this preseason is the emergence of Jeff Green. Will he or won't he breakout.
Head coach Brad Stevens intends on using Jeff Green in many ways. Stevens has already expressed using Green at shooting guard. He would give some shooting guards fits at the defensive end, with his quickness and length. "Jeff has had his ups and downs," said Stevens. This is has been Green's calling card so far in his career. Jeff Green is like a bottle of champagne waiting to be popped. Watch out for the eyes.
This is simply your classic case of heightened expectations. Last week we told you about how Green has a http://espn.go.com/boston/nba/story/_/id/9728663/jeff-green-boston-celtics-ready-go-guy%1D" target="_blank">gigantic target on his back this season and, especially early in the season while Rajon Rondo is finishing his rehab, Green is supremely important to Boston's ability to keep its head above water.
After the up-and-down comment, Stevens quickly added, "[Green has been] solid. He's obviously, talentwise, he can do things that other guys can't do. And he brings us so much versatility. Just like everybody else, no one is going to be perfect in these early sessions. But for the most part, he's been pretty good."
The Celtics have loaded up Green's plate this fall. He used to carry around a double-thick playbook while slotting at both forward positions. This season, Stevens desires to shuffle Green to the 2-guard spot at times, which could alleviate the logjams at the forward spots and challenge defenses with Green's blend of size and athleticism.
But it also means a brand-new triple-thick playbook and more demands on Green to know his role at three positions. Even he acknowledged it's a process.
"It's going to come," said Green. "This whole new role is new to me. It's just me, learning my new position, learning my new role. It's not going to be perfect, but each day I'll come in, give it my all, just try to make the best of it."
Green has been in great spirits throughout camp. He's been energetic and exuberant during drills, including basic intrasquad shooting competitions. On Thursday, as reporters were interviewing Keith Bogans, Green arrived shirtless as he departed the court and playfully sang and danced while Bogans tried to keep a straight face in answering questions.
I like the potential of Green, and I've been saying that for years. I
can't buy into him as a leader. He's a brilliant role player, with
All-Star abilities. I think he's someone that we need going forward, and
at the same time I wouldn't be shocked if Green became the player he was
supposed to be this season, I'm just not holding my breath on it.
For the first month Green will be the guy that the Celtics run their offense through. Maybe this is what he needed to gain the confidence that has been lacking sometimes. The ball will be given to him as if he's Carmelo Anthony. He's the guy that everyone will look to for baskets.
Green's true test his ability to play alongside Rondo. If he can be Rondo's set up guy on a consistent basis, then he's more than welcome with the Celtics. This in a lot of ways is Jeff's make it or break it season. Will at least find out a lot about him.