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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  32 responses

Doc Rivers on Jeff Green: ‘I Think He’s Too Nice’

Green’s new coach wants him to be more aggressive on the offensive end, and not defer to the team’s superstars so much. From ESPN: “Celtics coach Doc Rivers offered an interesting criticism of Jeff Green following Sunday’s 101-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons. ‘I think he’s too nice,’ Rivers said. ‘He’s trying to please the other guys on the floor. I’ve always thought playing with us is difficult, when you’re new, because you’re playing with Paul [Pierce] and Ray [Allen] and Kevin [Garnett] and [Rajon] Rondo and you almost don’t think like you deserve to be an aggressive offensive player or you should be, and I think he does that way too much.’ Since joining the Celtics late in February, Green has averaged 11.1 points on 8.3 field goal attempts per game. The C’s are counting on Green to provide an offensive spark off the bench, and he’s done just that in certain games, like when he scored 13 of his 19 points in the second quarter in a win over the Indiana Pacers back on March 16. But there have been other games where Green’s been less aggressive with his shot selection, and as a result, his contributions have been minimal. In his last two contests, he’s averaged just four points on five field goal attempts and two rebounds. Rivers suggested he’s still being too passive at times, but has begun to work his way out of that habit. ‘He had a couple [opportunities Sunday] where he had clear drives and he still [passed them up],’ said Rivers. ‘You see Ray and Paul there [and think] ‘I think I should throw it to them.’ And we’re trying to tell him we need him to be aggressive. He’ll get it. He’s getting better each game.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    once the transition finally settles in, dude is gna beast for beantown n will be one hell of a spark off the bench

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOkHPds5X_E&feature=related X

    Is Doc talking about Coach Porn again?…What a weirdo

  • greg

    hes gonna shut down every1 in the postseason thogh

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOkHPds5X_E&feature=related X

    Is Coach Rivers talking about Coach Porn again?

  • T-Money

    translation: “stop being a p-ssy, jeff.”

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Put anyone next to Perkins and they’ll look nice.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Tina Turner

    “Nice” is codeword for poos c.

  • http://slamonline.com Ghost

    niQ, lol wut?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I meant compaaring Green with Perkins (who always looks angry/constipated), Green would look like the nicest guy in the world. lol

  • MJ23LBJ6

    ye sure niQ how about dennis rodman lol dont forget about the 90s

  • MJ23LBJ6

    ye sure niQ how about dennis rodman lol dont forget about the 90s lol

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I still can’t get over the Celtics giving up Kendrick Perkins this season. It’s a move that will cost them another deep run in the playoffs.

  • rondo4mvp

    The celts did good cause perk was a defensive presence but kev shaq and jermaine all can stand in the key with their hands up when ur talkin about perk that’s what he did while green will be versatile getting blocks boards and steals while he’s scoring hitting threes and being another threat and not picking up three in the key calls

  • rondo4mvp

    The thunder f*cked up though getting rid of green was worthless just to get a guy who will slow ibakas (who will become an amazing defensive stopper) developement. Unless their planning to start ibaka over perk which would mean they wasted a trade. Start russ at point james harden at off guard kd at small forward ibaka at power forward and perk at c if not ur just f*cked in the head

  • T-Money

    i will assume that rondo4mvp has not watched okc since the trade.

  • paul

    Doc should really shut up. Ever since The Trade, he’s been talking crap, presumably because he can’t say what he really should be saying, what I’m sure he wants to say, which is “WTF, DANNY!!!!!” Anyway, now that Perkins is gone, the Cs hopes rest more on Rondo than ever. He is the difference maker, and for Green too. Rondo needs to find Green and get him into the offense.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    “rondo4mvp”….lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    ^rondo4mvp..
    look bro i hate to be rude but you are a completely ignorant, idoiot, uneducated idiot who should hereby banish yourself from SLAM for life

  • Towelie

    Jeff Green looks like BG from the Cash Money label.

  • The Angel of Stern

    LOL @ rondo4mvp … Get off this site you ignorant moron. Ibaka does start with Perk first of all. Also, one of the main reasons Oklahoma pulled this trade is that they felt Ibaka was ready for a bigger role. Ibaka and Perk don’t even play the same position so this will not slow his development at all, it will actually greatly increase it. Also, Sefolosha starts instead of Harden because he is a defensive stopper and is used to stop the other teams starting 2, and even sometimes the 3 position. Harden is used as spark of the bench, a role that suits his game perfectly.

  • knickzvet82

    C Cantrell should invest in spell-check before he calls people out. Just saying

  • knickzvet82

    Although I do agree with him..lol

  • D-Block

    RRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONDDDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • blakos

    If any thing it has let Ibaka show off his improving offensive talents. Great trade by OKC. If Shaq and JO (Big IF) stay healthy that Celts should manage. If not….well………

  • blakos

    *Ibaka

  • Michael

    cosign rondo4mvp

  • Michael

    na just playin

  • ClydeSays

    Still think the trade worked out for both teams IF Perk is healthy AND C’s make a post season run & resign Green.

  • http://dude Chukaz

    I think what doc was trying to say is that watching jeff green play is like watching bbw p0rn. It might be good from time to time if there’s nothing better, but realistically you’d much rather watch good p0rn (rondo?)

  • http://dude Chukaz

    I think what doc was trying to say is that watching jeff green play basketball is like watching b b w p0rn. It might be good from time to time if there’s nothing better but realistically you’d rather watch good p0rn (like rondo i guess)

  • http://dude Chukaz

    sorry for the dbl post. the 1st one didn’t appear at first so i posted again

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    ^knickzvet82..
    dude if you havet noticed yet, i could give a f*ck less if i spell something correctly.. this is a f*ckin basketball site, not an AP english class

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