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Jeff Green hanging with Celtics, happy he’ll get to play again

Dec 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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Jeff Green could be devastated, sitting around his house cursing the fates and wondering what might have been. He was to be a key cog for a Celtics team looking to hang a banner, instead he is out for the season following heart surgery.

Instead, Green is in a pretty good place.

He spoke with the Boston Globe about his mental state as he hung out and joked around with the team in Miami before the Heat game.

“I’m very relieved, because I can play basketball again,’’ he said before the Celtics lost to the Heat, 115-107, last night at American Airlines Arena. “It’s a blessing that it was found because you never know what could happen….

“It’s like therapy, man,’’ he said. “Being around the team really helps me relax. It takes my mind off of it because I don’t want to be sitting around in the house thinking about the whole thing. You can go crazy doing that.’’

There is precedent for Green — Ronny Turiaf, Etan Thomas and others have bounced back from that surgery to play.

There’s a lot of hard work ahead of him, but anyone involved in rehab will tell you that the attitude of the patient is half the battle. At least. And it sounds like Green is in the right frame of mind.

We hope to see him back on the court next season.

  1. nicosanchez02 - Dec 28, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Here’s to a speedy recovery, even tho I’m a laker fan, God bless… no tebow intended but sincere from me!

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