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Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 9:35 am  |  17 responses

Jeff Green: It Was Tough Joining the Celtics


Jeff Green admits that it wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to come into Boston as the guy they traded Kendrick Perkins for. As a restricted free agent, Green also doesn’t know what the future holds. From Yahoo! Sports: “Green wouldn’t mind a chance to redeem himself with the Celtics next season after the lockout ends. But as a restricted free agent, it’s uncertain whether he will get that chance in Boston or have to adjust to his third team in two seasons. ‘They’ve been together for a number of years,’ Green said of the Celtics. ‘They’ve already won a championship, they’ve already have a system, they already have their chemistry and that bond on that team. ‘It was tough to go into that situation.’ … Boston broke up a starting lineup that had delivered two trips to the NBA Finals – and the 2008 championship – by sending center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson notes to the Thunder in a deal for Green and center Nenad Krsticnotes. The Celtics wanted Green for his versatility and defensive potential. They hoped that Krstic and Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal could offset the loss of Perkins. With the Celtics hoping to return to the Finals, Green faced pressure to fit in quickly and make a scoring impact. But just like other recent midseason Celtics acquisitions (Sam Cassell, Stephon Marbury and Michael Finley), Green was tentative and uncomfortable. It also didn’t help that Perkins had been popular in the locker room and with fans. ‘The one thing about me is that I’m not trying to fill anybody’s shoes,’ Green said. ‘Kendrick is a totally different player than myself. People looked at me being the type of player I am and with the name I have going into this situation, they expected me to fill his shoes.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    THE CELTICS HAD TO MAKE SOME KIND OF MOVE FOR THE FUTURE. AND NOW THEY HAVE TO SIGN GREEN, OR THEY JUST GAVE AWAY PERK AND NATE FOR NOTHING. IN A FEW YEARS, IT WILL BE RONDO, GREEN, AND…..

  • hillbilly

    @unfrozen caveman lawyer Your comment frightens and confuses me.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    It was tough for me to watch you join the Celtics.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    HILLBILLY FOR THE EPIC WIN!!!!!!!!

  • hillbilly

    One of the best SNL skits, ever. RIP Phil Hartman.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    YES INDEED. THAT CRAZY AAS WIFE OF HIS.

  • Jay Cutler

    No one expected Green to fill Jeff’s shoes. There was some expectation that he’d play better than Nate Robinson would have.

  • greg

    at times he showed how good he really is i think he needs a training camp which they wont get because of lockout so i think the established team will have an advantage like SA or ATL or memphis

  • http://aol QGallday

    rebuiling is the idae..doc mite retire soon..the big 3 mite jus b down to KG soon…they gonna need jeffs gun plus a few others

  • T-Money

    we noticed, jeff.

  • Jono

    U are a multi-millionaire baller for the Boston Celtics, you’ve lost your right to make stupid statements like this Jeff.

  • Heals

    Lost his right, stupid statement, huh, please follow your own advice Jono regardless of what you make. I think Jeff indirectly got scapegoated with the burden of frustation from the Game 7 loss, Perk trade and Shaq injury. There was a fine line between what could’ve happened for the C’s the past 2 years and what did. Left looking for answers the new guy who didn’t live up to expectations was an easy choice…

  • chingy

    Looking back, who got the better of the trade? Perk hasn’t really done much in OKC either.

  • http://www.slamonline.com blackvictory23

    cosign @Heals. Jono, you’re an idiot. This is why the rest of the country hates Celtic fans.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Jeff Green is a role player who cares, slow news day. BOOK IT!!!

  • Ken

    Nice, Hillbilly. Nice.

  • BostonBaller

    @blackvictory23 Posted: Aug.24 at 5:03 pm: I can think of a few reasons why people hate us Celtics fans & Lakers fans but that wasn’t one of them. I’m not sure if jono is a C’s fan but he/she could have plugged in any team with that statement. Most of us didn’t blame Green or anyone in particular for the losses. One reason REAL fans dislike certain fans is b/c of lack of a hoops IQ and b/c some people simple spit venom towards a team regardless of validity. There are both knowledgable & idiotic fans for EVERY team so don’t group us all together. Who’s your team?

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