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Looks like Jeff Green is healthy, will re-sign with Celtics

Jul 3, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

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Boston fans seem to love the whole “if we were healthy, if we had Jeff Green, the playoffs would have been different” idea. I hate what ifs, and I think this year was the Celtics last deep run with this core.

But they would have been better with Jeff Green, who had to walk away from the team before the season when tests found an aortic aneurysm that required heart surgery to repair.

But he is healthy now and wants to re-sign with the Celtics for next season, his agent David Falk told the Boston Herald.

“He’s been 100 percent cleared,” said Falk. “He’s playing 5-on-5 basketball. He’s not quite yet in Jeff Green shape. Jeff is a physical marvel. He’s about 4 percent body fat. But in Jeff’s case, the experience he went through will be a life-changing experience.”

Generally I want to take anything I hear from an agent with a few grains of salt, but I hope this is true. Green is a fantastic athlete that needs to become a little more focused on defense and pick his spots better in games, but he can certainly help a team. Especially in the sixth man role the Celtics wanted to use him in.

Both Green and the Celtics want to get a deal done. Green can’t sign until July 11 (nobody can, there is a moratorium in place until then) but expect the deal to get done soon after.

For the record, I’m not sure how much it helps the Celtics. Last season everything broke for them in the playoffs — they might not get out of the first round if Al Horford were healthy, they would not have gotten past a Bulls team with a healthy Derrick Rose, and if Chris Bosh had been healthy the Heat would have wiped them out in five games. Getting to a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals was a bit of a mirage, Boston is good but not that good, but they are going to get the band back together and give it one more run. But Green or no Green, to make another deep run will require everything to go their way again.

  1. gmen4life33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    “Last season everything broke for them in the playoffs — they might not get out of the first round if Al Horford were healthy, they would not have gotten past a Bulls team with a healthy Derrick Rose, and if Chris Bosh had been healthy the Heat would have wiped them out in five games.”

    And IF the referees didnt ignore Rondo getting slapped in the face in OT with a minute left, MAYBE the C’s would have beaten the Heat in 5. Why bash the C’s in an article basically saying they were “lucky” when they had their own injuries and a lot of bad luck from the refs vs Miami.

  2. scalfor3 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    kurt has been saying the C’s are done for 3 years now. i dont think they can win a title as is, but they will be good enough to scare teams and are setting up for the future as guys like bradley, the 2 rookie bigs etc develop under KG and docs tutelage

    • loungefly74 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      the C’s have another legit shot this upcoming season.

  3. jjordannba - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Kurt, every time you write you make me mad, you say you hate what ifs and assumptions but yet you say this “if Chris Bosh had been healthy the Heat would have wiped them (Celtics) out in five games” That’s a Bold statement , you know the Heat were going to do that for sure?

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      Yes, pretty much. I saw what just a hobbled Bosh changed in Games 6 and 7.

      • jjordannba - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        your a dumbass writer, can you tell me what Avery Bradley could’ve done guarding punk ass Wade too?

  4. Kansachusetts - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    I usually agree with Kurt, but everything did not break for the Celtics.
    They had already lost Greene, J. O’Neal, and Wilcox. Then in the playoffs they lost Adrian Bradley, plus Ray Allen and Paul Pierce were playing with significant injuries.
    The Celtics overcame more physical obstacles than any other team last year and they took Miami well into the seventh game.

  5. lphboston - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    So, Helin, you’re saying that everyone the Celtics played had injuries, and Boston didn’t? Besides knowing nothing about basic grammar, you need to pay more attention to the games, too.

  6. andyhr17 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    You say you hate “what if’s”, then you list every reason why the Celtics should not have gotten as far as they did because of injuries on other teams. Ok then….

  7. homelanddefense - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Wow, let your personal feelings about a team effect your writing why dont you? I didnt hear many C’s fans complaining about not having Green during the playoffs. Bradley was a big loss though.

  8. acdc363 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Boston fans seem to love the whole “if we were healthy,if we had Jeff Green,the playoffs would have been different” idea.

    No we don’t.

  9. passerby23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Kurt Helin says “Boston fans seem to love the whole “if we were healthy, if we had Jeff Green, the playoffs would have been different” idea.I hate what ifs, and I think this year was the Celtics last deep run with this core…they might not get out of the first round if Al Horford were healthy, they would not have gotten past a Bulls team with a healthy Derrick Rose, and if Chris Bosh had been healthy the Heat would have wiped them out in five games.”

    It takes a special kind of ignorance to not see this glaring contradiction. You are criticizing Boston fans for suggesting things might have been different if they were healthy and then go on to suggest yourself things might have been different if the Bulls, Hawks, and Heat were healthy. Oh, those deluded Boston fans, eh Kurt? What if Horford was healthy? What if Rose was playing? What if, what if, what if…???

    It’s hard to ignore the fact that Boston was missing their best defender (who had also stepped up his offensive game) – which might’ve spared Paul Pierce’s energy and fouls – the guy who was supposed to be their sixth man who brings much needed youth, athleticism, and scoring, losing Chris Wilcox, another big, athletic body, and then witnessing Ray Allen gimp around. How do you not take that into account? I think you can equally make the “what if” arguments for other teams as well. But if you’re going to say “what ifs” are dumb, then you kinda have to not use “what ifs” yourself!!!

  10. jesweeney11 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    The problem with having a national focus is that there are those of us with a singular scope and we eat these type of articles up. I can understand why you would overlook the injuries to the Celtics because they were very early on. I also agree that WHAT IF scenarios are more for Hoop Geeks than real life.

    All that being said, I think you do it a discredit to your basketball acumen to think that any healthy 4’s or 5’s off the bench would not of made a difference in any of the series. When Doc has to say Ryan Hollins was a spark plug then you know IT has hit the fan. Marquis and Dooling each had one game in the play-offs other than that they occupied a space on the bench.

    Of the two options one being keep the core and rebuild in 2015 or rebuild this year – I am all in favor of 2015 because the FA class was nothing to special.

  11. drunkenjunk - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Kurt, you suck. Words cannot describe how bad you are at your job. Most of the people in the comments section can do better than you.

  12. jjordannba - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Yes Kurt hide my comment because you know what i say is true about you

  13. GT - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    When the C’s win, it ain’t luck. How many times do they have to prove it before you believe Kurt?

  14. mpmffc - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Not a Celtics fan, but i wish all the luck for this guy in his comeback

  15. dgbk - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    I’m not sure if Kurt actually believes some of these things he writes. He knows what will generate traffic any Lebron/Heat post and any post knocking celts or lakers. It’s kinda like PFT with any Cowboys related article 30 comments just to say Romo sucks.

    A post that could of reported a simple signing of a 6th or 7th man turned into booo Kurt comments lol.

    • lucky5934 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      Well at least we can be blunt with Kurt. Good or bad, he doesn’t take the comments personally. Meanwhile, Florio has anything that might remotely resemble criticism, deleted at once. One of the things that really takes away from the profootballtalk.com site. Kurt is an average writer at best who has a lustfest for the Lebron and the Heat. He is very straight forward in regards to his bias. This article is proof of that. Truth is though the Celtics were like many teams that faced a series of injuries at the end of the season/playoffs. The difference though was the Celtics had big game experience and played with a lot of heart. You don’t lose experience and heart from one year to the next. Celtics will be back in the Eastern Conference championship mix next season.

  16. dexteruk - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    here come the doubters again. i think i remember everyone righting of boston last year. kg turned out to be the best center in the east once howard got injured and with some smart draft picks and a healthy green and pierce plus now jason terry i think you might be suprised what the c’s might do next season. as for me nothing shocks me about this core they are never gonna back down from no one!!

  17. jmays77 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Unless it has something to do with Chicago, OKC, or Miami, Kurt always says that no one else can’t win a championship. Hey, Kurt, if Chris Wilcox, Avery Bradley, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen were healthy, the outcomes may have been different too. Oh yeah, and I guarantee Chris Bosh can’t hit 3s like he did in game 7 for 4 straight games like you seem to think he can. Sometimes I wonder if you ever think about what your going to post up before you do.

  18. neonl44 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    If anyone saw the finals, you would see how the Miami Heat was heavily escorted to the championship by the referees. The league have long been looking for a team that they can market and make those $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ off of. Miami was going to win no matter what! That decision came from the NBA’s power that be. That’s the reason Rondo couldn’t buy a call from the refs because he was the only Celtics fully capable of defeating the Heat. That’s the reason the Thunder got no respect from the officials whatsoever. It was so bad, it was embarrassing for the league to have a finals fixed to that extent. Miami beat the Thunder 4-1! Are you kidding me? We may have a champion but we don’t know which team is the better team because it is tough playing 5 against 8 for a series. In terms of Boston being lucky. Ok, Jermaine Oneal retired mid season, Wilcox was out, Green was out, Pierce was hurt, Allen was hurt, Garnett playing more minutes than needed, Bradley out, Pietrus struggling every game except one; whew! But yeah, because Chicago lost one player, Miami lost one player, Atlanta lost one player, Boston was, according to Kurt Helin, “Lucky.” From my experience as a former professional athlete, take more than luck to overcome all that Boston had to this year.

  19. j0esixpack - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Even Kurt admits the Celtics would have been better with Green.

    And I think it’s safe to say they would have been better with Bradley in the playoffs.

    And it’s safe to say even without them they came close… certainly closer than OKC… to beating the Heat. If they were a better team, it’s not a stretch to suggest they’d have won, even WITH the bad calls by the officials.

    I’m not sure why all of that is such a foreign concept.

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