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Jeff Green
Jeff Green
Position: F
Born: 08/28/86
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $2,116,955
The two stayed together as teammates when Seattle relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008 until the Thunder traded Green and Nenad Krstic for Nate Robinson and Kendrick Perkins before the trade deadline in the 2010-11 season. Since then, Durant and Green have both stayed in touch and helped with various philanthropic projects for PG County. “They’re perfect role models for our area,” said Warriors guard Quinn Cook, who is also close childhood friends with Durant and Green. “They’re great basketball players, but they are better people and better human beings. They’re always there for the young guys. They’re there for advice if you ask any of the teammates. They’ve always been great teammates. It means a lot just to have guys like that with that talent.”
Interestingly, Durant did not consult Green or other friends over his free-agency departure to the Warriors. But that had more to do with Durant wanting to make an evaluation best for him. Since then, Green has defended Durant’s decision and argued the Thunder franchise should have given him a warmer reception when he returned during the 2015-16 season. “That’s too much pressure to put on somebody else. I wanted to keep that all on me,” Durant said of his free-agency. “As a friend, he supported my decision and supported everything, it really didn’t matter to him either way. It was a matter of me doing what I wanted to do.”
Because of those qualities, it is not surprising Green and Durant have spent the past week exchanging text messages, talking and getting together. Longtime friends do those things. And as Durant and Green have shown, their relationship remains strong through varying distances and circumstances. “You don’t see a lot of guys who came from where we came from at this point,” Green said. “To be going against him, knowing there’s two guys in the area competing for the Finals and a championship, to us that is something huge.”
What he sees is this: Green’s aorta, the main blood vessel in the body, is paper thin. It is on the verge of rupturing. “I was so grateful that we got to him in time,” Svensson says now, “before he had a major disaster.” Green would not know until later how close he had come to not just his career being over — but his life. It all happened on a day that he now refers to as his “second birthday,” the day he received a second chance — and newfound perspective. “To me basketball is secondary,” Green says now. “I had to really fight for my life. I almost died over this game.”
2 weeks ago via ESPN
Svensson, for his part, reflects on the many professional athletes across sports whom he has worked with over the years. “Some bounce back and they cope with the challenge and they’re fighters, and they come back even stronger, having learned to mentally deal with the challenges — and some people don’t,” he says. He thinks back to Green’s heart. When he first looked at it, he saw how close it was to failure. But Svensson also noticed something else, something that seemed unusual, even compared with those of the other athletes and NBA players Svensson had examined. He could see what he described as a “massive network of collaterals” — or small blood vessels that had developed to feed Green’s heart with extra blood, bolstering it for the rigors of Green’s demanding profession.
2 weeks ago via ESPN