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Jeff Green
Jeff Green
Position: F
Born: 08/08/86
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $15,000,000
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Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green celebrated his 30th birthday back on Aug. 28, but that didn’t stop him from going out on Monday and finding a bakery so he could bite into a cupcake complete with a celebratory candle. “It’s my other birthday,’’ Green said in all seriousness. “It’s my second birthday.’’ Green is in a cheery mood today – January 9 – because it is the five-year anniversary of him needing open-heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm that threatened not only his NBA career, but also his life.
Green wasn’t granted the opportunity to stay in Oklahoma City; he was traded to Boston before he entered unrestricted free agency. The negative reactions to Durant’s decision, Green said, should be expected. “That’s the world we live in. People don’t like change. People are very opinionated and they want what’s best for them,” Green said. “Oklahoma City was great to him. It’s a great fan base that supports their team. So, for them, they want the same and they want Kevin to be there. But it’s not necessarily what Kevin wanted. And people criticized because they wanted what was best for them. Kevin has to do what’s best for him. I’m pretty sure he has no hard feelings for Oklahoma.”
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Green had no tell-tale symptoms. The Celtics’ brass had anxiously called him into a meeting with doctors after receiving the results. He was entering his fifth NBA season and feeling indestructible like most 26-year-olds. He remembers being unable to say a word for about an hour and a half after being delivered the stunning news. What ran through his mind? “Tomorrow,” he said. “Tomorrow. “Your first thought is: Am I going to live? Basketball was an afterthought. Would I see another day?”
“It makes you appreciate life, everything, a little more,” he said after the Magic’s practice on Friday. “Sometimes you can get into a phase where you takes things for granted, especially each day. When you go through something life-threatening, something that could change something you love, it makes you appreciate it much more. “I’m blessed to see another day. For something like that, with any strenuous activity, the tissue could rupture. Could have died, quite frankly. I’m grateful to the doctors in Boston that detected the aneurysm.”