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Video: Jeff Green is still athletic, and is developing that Celtics attitude

Oct 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

This is not bad for a guy who’s coming back from heart surgery.

The block is exceptional, and nasty. But the attitude that comes with it is quintessential Celtics. Green seems to be embracing this team’s attitude. Gone is the doe-eyed youngster who seemed intimidated by the Celtics’ veterans two-years ago, replaced with a man determined to prove everyone wrong on his value, his career, and his contract.

The Celtics expect big things from Green, and in the preseason, he’s shown they may have gambled right on him. Preseason, though, as always.

  1. pukpokito - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    He’s an introvert by nature.He needs to be more demonstrative like that but playing logically of course.Reggie Lewis was an introvert.But when he broke out he was a leader.I hope Jeff Green breaks out too.He is taller than Reggie Lewis and plays the same position.Both athletic enough.

  2. lookitsgreen - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    dang

  3. j0esixpack - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    There’s no question that Ainge and Rivers have been big Green fans from Day One (doesn’t hurt that his last name is Green) but even for Celtics fans we haven’t had much of an opportunity to see him on the court.

    If he can do what he’s doing in preseason during the regular season, trading Perkins for Green is going to look very smart. That’s not to disparage Perkins but if you compare Darko’s stats to Perkins, Darko’s actually as good if not better as a backup.

    • passerby23 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      I still don’t understand the criticism over the Perkins trade.

      A) They couldn’t afford to re-sign him for the money he would’ve commanded.
      B) There is talk of amnestying him in OKC.
      C) Green is a younger, more dynamic player.
      D) The Celtics didn’t lose because they lacked Perkins, they lost to the Heat because they couldn’t score.

      Even if Green doesn’t live up to his potential, the trade still made sense.

      • nanamarilyn - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        Trading Perkins for Green just left a big hole where KP used to be…Green never had the chance to really fill it due to his heart problems…so…bad trade in my opinion….PLUS I always LOVED to watch Perkins on the court..still DO only NOW I have to watch him on some OTHER team…rats

      • passerby23 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        If a guy suffers and illness or injury that was completely unexpected, it’s unfair to say that result renders a trade bad. The Celtics couldn’t score against Miami in 2011 and they struggled in Game 7 last year without depth. Perkins was basically a non-factor against the Heat in last year’s Finals and it’s difficult to envision how he would’ve helped Boston against Miami. Perkins is essentially a non-dimensional tough defender/rebounder. He has maxed out his upside. If they need a guy to play a few minutes, defend a big and grab a few boards,
        Darko and Wilcox should be sufficient for 1/8th the price of Perkins’ contract.

  4. bozosforall - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    He is a Puh C…just like the rest of the Boston team.

    • nanamarilyn - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      that remark is just puh-thet-ic…puh-leeze…but then you admit you are a BOZO so I guess it figures…puh-tz

      • bozosforall - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        Typical Puh C response from a typical crybaby Puh C fan. You lose. Just like your loser team will this year.

    • scalfor3 - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      So, heart conditions are for pussys i guess

      • bozosforall - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM

        What a typical Boston crybaby you are, scalbore. No one said anything negative about his heart condition. Go cry to your mommy.

  5. immawinnerbaby - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    bozosforall. do u have a life? weneva there’s article bout Boston. u always here posting the same trash comments. u dont like Celtics, just shut it..

  6. paulhargis53 - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    Bozo,

    You are a skidmark on the underwear of life.

  7. nanamarilyn - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    What sort of heart problems did Green have that he can now go rampaging around on the court exerting himself like this…isn’t anyone else concerned about that?

    When I hear a player…[who LOOKS and seems to perform like a true athlete...fit and well]..needs heart surgery or has two shoulders that just dislocate if you pull on their arms, or whatever…I wonder and WORRY what we are doing to these superstars…

    I love to see the likes of Green and also Rondo and Avery on the court..but NOT at the cost of their safety and well being…watching Rondo play with that dangling arm. and hearing that Avery had to go have his shoulder popped back in during a game and seeing him RETURN to the game, and hearing about players like Green leaving due to heart problems or other due to skull fractures, and whatever…what IS this??? A SPORT???

    It REEKS of a cock fighting mentality…pro sports should have more CLASS than that….what can be done to protect the players from the brutality we see more and more on the court?

    At least in football and hockey they’re all suited up in protective gear to cushion the blows somewhat…in basketball there’s NO protection and yet there seems to be a tolerance on the part of the referees for abuse and no restrictions on playing with injuries….I know they say some of the players WANT to play when injured…but WHY?? and should they be allowed to? I just don’t know…

    I really worry about GREEN out there…and about Avery when and if he gets back on the floor….

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