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Jeff Green had successful heart surgery Monday

Jan 10, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

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Good news out of the Boston area — Jeff Green had successful heart surgery Monday.

Green was to be a key part of the Celtics bench until a routine preseason physical found an aneurysm — an abnormal ballooning of an artery near the heart — that required surgery. That surgery went well, according to

“They’re saying it went great,” said (Doc Rivers) Celtics’ head coach. “Obviously, our thoughts, our prayers, and every part of our being is with Jeff right now.”

Rivers said that he now wants to hear that Green will be able to play again.

“That would be terrific. I don’t care if it’s with us. I want it to be with us. [But] I just want him [to play again].

There is precedent — Ronny Turiaf and Etan Thomas have had that surgery then returned to the NBA for years. Green is expected to make a full recovery and return.

When he does he will be an unrestricted free agent as the Celtics have pulled their qualifying offer to him.

  1. bozosforall - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Good luck, Jeff. The Celtics will still suck though.

  2. voipcallrecording - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    What a amazing feller. I had heart surgery in Essex as a child about 17 years ago, the technology to have you up and going today amazes me. I was in bed for months back then, but now things have changed so much. Good luck to the young man

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