HoopsHype Jeff Green rumors

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December 26, 2012 Updates

One of my ol' NBA heads offered an interesting hypothesis: coming up in the Princeton offense at Georgetown de-clawed him, in a way, because that offense doesn't ask any one player to dominate. It's a fit-in-and-get-along system. Green fit in and got along and he's been doing it ever since. Nothing wrong with that, but if you want him to take over at times, as the Celtics certainly could use and his talent certainly allows, he's never been conditioned to do it. I'm also a believer that you are who you are, which would mean Green's natural disposition, not his collegiate system, has made him the player he is, but when my ol' NBA heads speak, I listen and generally take their counsel into account. Sulia

December 22, 2012 Updates

Ersan Ilyasova didn't mean to injure Jeff Green. The two got tangled up fighting for a rebound with less than 30 seconds to go in overtime during the Milwaukee Bucks win over the Boston Celtics and Ilyasova elbowed Green in the face in the battle for the ball. Green staggered to the ground before leaving the game with a bruised left cheek and chipped teeth. "I tipped the ball and I tried to get it," Ilyasova told CSNNE.com. "I felt I hit him with my elbow when I was just jumping down, his face was kind of looking up." CSNNE.com

November 29, 2012 Updates
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Green and Durant were together waiting for the team bus in San Antonio on February 24, 2011 when Green received the news he had been traded to the Celtics. The young friends were quickly reminded basketball is a business. "I wouldn't say we cried, but it was sad because we came in together, everything we'd been through together, and us being from the same area, it was tough for us," said Green. "But it's the NBA. It's not like we can't see other in the summer or work out together." Echoed Durant, "It was tough for us, but in this league anything can happen, so we've moved past it." CSNNE.com

November 22, 2012 Updates

That's what happens when life throws you the ultimate change-up that puts you in an Intensive Care Unit in Cleveland for a week for heart surgery and puts your life -- not just the game of basketball -- in jeopardy. And as if that wasn't scary enough, Green told CSNNE.com that doctors had to go back inside a second time to repair some internal bleeding which extended his hospital stay. "I didn't realize that (happened) until I left the hospital and I was talking to one of my good friends," Green told CSNNE.com. "What I had was bleeding internally. So they had to go back in and fix what it was." Green added, "Everything that I have ever owned, everything that I have ever gained, everything I ever accomplished, was almost taken away from me in a matter of hours." CSNNE.com

November 13, 2012 Updates

Jeff Green is still a nice guy, but he’s vowing to listen to Kevin Garnett’s request that he be more of a jerk when it comes to basketball. KG, who last night passed Allen Iverson for 17th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, liked what he saw from Green in Saturday’s win in Milwaukee, and he was quoted in Sunday’s Herald saying, “You know, Jeff’s a really, really nice guy, and some nights, you know, you’ve just got to be an (expletive). You’ve got to be . . . I can’t really say what I want to say, but he’s got to be that.” Boston Herald

“He just wants me to be aggressive and demand respect and attack the rim — that way of being an (expletive),” said Green before playing through a mildly sprained right ankle (he stepped on Garnett’s foot while driving) and going for seven points in last night’s 101-95 win over the Bulls. “He’s somebody I look up to, so I take those words and I use them to help my game and move on to the next step.” Boston Herald

November 10, 2012 Updates

After scoring three points in the season opener, Green tallied 22 points over his next two games before netting just 10 points in 40 minutes over his past two — a drastic drop from his stellar preseason play. On Thursday, Danny Ainge expressed his disappointment in Green’s adjustment, and Friday was coach Doc Rivers‘ turn. “It’s a dilemma, but he’s going to be a good player for us this year,” said Rivers. “And sooner rather than later, I’m hoping. We’ve just got to unlock him. Right now, he’s just absolutely frustrated; you can see it in his play. But that’s on all of us; it’s not just on Jeff. Jeff’s the easy target right now. Jeff’s part of this team, just like everyone else, and we have to do a better job of getting him going. He’s probably got to do a better job of getting himself going.” WEEI.com

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Saturday was certainly a step in that direction with Green's defense being one of the keys to fueling Boston's 109-98 come-from-behind win. "That's my calling," Green said of his defense. "I have to be a guy who can go out there and guard the best player on the opposite team. Whether it's Carmelo (Anthony of the New York Knicks), LeBron (James of the Miami Heat), Kevin Durant (of Oklahoma City), Kobe Bryant (of the Los Angeles Lakers), whether it's a big, doesn't matter. I see myself as being one of the top defensive players in this league. I just have to go out there and prove it." Green's versatility as a defender was on display Saturday night, as he took turns guarding smaller players like Mychel Thompson or bigs such as Chris Copeland. "Jeff is so talented athletically, explosive," said Boston's Rajon Rondo. "We expect a lot out of Jeff, and he's accepted the challenge." CSNNE.com

October 18, 2012 Updates
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Celtics forward Jeff Green took a hard tumble to the floor while driving to the basket in the second quarter. After a moment to collect himself, Green soon pulled himself off the parquet for a pair of free throws. Having missed all of last season while undergoing surgery for an aortic aneurysm, Green scared his family with Tuesday's tumble. "What was I thinking? That my sister was mad at me," Green said. "She just texted me. She said I need to stop falling like that or I'm going to send her to the ER, and I'm making her blood pressure go up. So that's why I was laughing when I got up because I fell a couple games ago and she told me the same thing. So, I mean, I wasn't hurt at all. I just had to take a deep breath because I heard everybody take a deep breath, so I got up smiling. I was fine. That happens." ESPN.com

October 14, 2012 Updates
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Rivers repeatedly called for Green to get the ball in both games of the trip to help him get his confidence and rhythm. The consensus so far in camp is that Green is the Celtics’ X-factor, a hungry, talented, and versatile player who was a starter for years in Oklahoma City and is accustomed to carrying a portion of the offensive load. The Celtics were robbed of seeing him with a full training camp last season because of his condition, and his addition is the equivalent of signing a front-line free agent. “Jeff is very important for us, I try to stress that to him every day,” point guard Rajon Rondo said. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but he’s going to be key for us this year. He’s versatile, he can play the [small forward], he can play the [power forward]. I think Jeff is capable of [defending] the [point guard] through the [power forward]. “It’s not just going to be Jeff, but he’s going to play a key role in our success.” Boston Globe

September 30, 2012 Updates

And yet there was Green, with an unshakable grin, chatting up anyone who would listen and even those that wouldn't. "I was happy to be back on the floor," said Green. "People don't make a big deal out of practice, but I was glad to have a practice under my belt and get going. ... I was trying not to smile too much during practice. I had to keep a straight face. I mean, it's hard. "I let some emotions go, telling all the players I'm happy to be back, just encouraging them. Just talking a lot for no reason, because I was just glad to be back on the floor." ESPN.com

September 29, 2012 Updates

Jeff Green knew he was ready to come back when he was playing a pickup basketball game at his alma mater. He told those in the game, “When I get the ball, I’m going to drive to the lane and I want you to hit me.” Sure enough, they tested Green, making contact with his chest in the area of his heart where he had surgery last January to fix a faulty aortic valve. “I wasn’t worried at all,” Green said. “When I got hit, I got hit right in the area where I had the surgery and it didn’t affect me at all. I think that is what got me through the rest of the summer as far as confidence and being able to build on what I’ve been trying to do. It was mind-boggling to go through it. First time, I was very winded but it felt very good to be back out there.” WEEI.com

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