|Posted by shawn cassidy on June 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM|
Green had an aortic aneurysm, which was found when an abnormality surfaced during a stress test right before training camp in December. Green had his operation Jan. 9, It was a dark feeling that reminded us of Reggie Lewis. The fallen Celtic legend. Jeff has been a solid NBA player, but for so long Green was playing out of position. When the Celtics traded our beloved Perkins. They had intentions of Green playing either the three,or four. Green never panned out for the Celtics in 2011, regardless of the position on the court. Green was always the third fiddle in OKC, and his role went even further down the line in Boston.
Green has potential to be an all-star. Will he live up to that, it's very unclear at this point.
Green was a disappointment in 26 games during the 2010-11 season, averaging 9.8 points, and much more was expected of him this past season. He was going to be the young, athletic wing player who could help the Celtics run a more up-tempo style while taking some of the burden off Paul Pierce.
Instead, after agreeing to a $9 million deal as a restricted free agent last December, the heart problem was found. The Celtics voided the contract and instead of keeping Green a restricted free agent, allowed his status to become unrestricted. I still feel confident that Green will excel. I think you have to be cautious with the checks, when Green hasn't been a factor for the Celtics. Green will be ready, or at least appear ready. If Green works out, than the Celtics have a player that will work great with Rondo, and the focus should be on Rondo and co. I think Jeff can provide a shot in the arm. He may become that all-star with Rondo finding him. Can Jeff turn it up a notch, and become more aggressive. I don't know, but I hope he does.