Celtics.com featured this exclusive interview with Jeff Green.
A few things stood out to me in the interview. He explained a bit why coming back to the Celtics was so important to him. The Celtics were with him throughout the surgery and recovery. He said that the Celtics organization searched for the best doctor and the best clinic to do the surgery and made everything easy for him step by step.
He also said that now he sees things differently and doesn't take things for granted. He said that his outlook on the time he has in the league has changed and he plans to be more assertive. The knock on Green so far in his career is that he wasn't assertive or aggressive enough. He's had the talent and the athleticism, but he wasn't aggressive. Perhaps we will see a new, more aggressive version of Jeff Green this season.
For one thing, he will be playing his natural position for the most part. In OKC, he played power forward and in Boston he will play mostly the 3 to back up Pierce. He'll know the plays and the system this season and he'll be put in a position to succeed. I think that will make all the difference in the world in his performance on the court. He said that he has a lot to prove and I, for one, think he will prove it.
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We will find out how far we can go with small ball. The reigning champs won with a smallish lineup.