Can't believe I am siding with vinnie here, but what the heck does his surgery have to do with anything except that it is now a feel good story?
I think they are already getting his spot ready in the hall of fame, right next to Terrence Williams and Jordan Crawford.
Hey Vinnie, you have spent a good part of your life hammering him, a guy who had open heart surgery 13 months ago...and 3 days I think. Meanhwhile, he seems to be progressing. Lets assume he can do no right in you eyes for some reason. Do you have a reason for this degree of hatred? You have posted numerous sarcastic responses about his game today...as many as 5 or 6.
not to mention the blog post comments.
got to be a solid 45 including those
Vinnie isn't some college kid who think he is immortal so its beyond my understanding that he seems to have NO concept this man had open heart surgery. I get a 22 year old punk from Boston College not understanding. But a grown man with kids? No, I don't get it
What does his surgery have to do with any of this? Until the last few weeks, his play in Boston has mirrored his play for his entire career, inconsistent and passive. Give it a rest with the lecture. My commentary has nothing to do with his surgery. It is a great thing that they found his life threatening condition and he is able to play again and liv a full life. Get off your high horse.
You have no idea why his surgery matters??
Vinnie, if you are ever faced with what he was, I guess you will find out. But hey, maybe you'll be lucky.
He was fully recovered from the surgery months and months ago. I am glad they detected his ailment and made the correction before, God forbid, anything tragic happened. But they caught it and corrected it and life goes on.
I think the last thing anyone who is put into a life threatening situation wants is for people to make excuses for them based on their experience or illness. Jeff Green, a professional athlete, would be even less likely to do such a thing.
Green has played, up until mid January or so, his usual, inconsistent, uninspired, passive, mediocre brand of basketball for the Celtics. In late January, he started playing consistent, aggressive, inspired ball playing to his strengths and playing inspired defense. Last night was just a continuation of that very good streak.
And I think his heart surgery was responsible for none of his previous problems and has nothing to do with his sudden resurgence.
This one surprises me, coming from you, Nick.
I would imagine you'll display the same tolerance for Rondo when his game is mediocre out of the gate from knee surgery.
A year of rust is a difficult thing for any athlete - at any age - to shake off.
As is the careful use that an injury - or a heart surgery - requires immediately upon return.
You are badly off-point here, Nick.
I don't think I am because I am firmly of the belief that his better play recently is mental. His per minute stats from November to late January were exactly the same as his career stats and just about every year of his career. The only thing that fluctuated his per game stats were his minutes played.
I don't think his play to begin the year was sub par. I think it was exactly what should have been expected from Green if 100% healthy.
I think his increased play is mental. I think he's acclimating himself to playing in this system and I think it has tremendously helped him being influenced by Pierce and KG for the year. Green isn't taking plays off anymore. He brings a different attitude to his play. He is aggressive and playing with more consistency.
My guess is, as someone said earlier, that something finally clicked in him. He understands what it takes to be successful and saw that doing what he always did wasn't working. So something changed and I don't think it was his physical being. I think it was his drive, determination, experience, knowledge that changed and was responsible for his change of performance, not his health.
And that is why I think his surgery is unimportant in the discussion.