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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 10:45 am  |  22 responses

Jeff Green Thinks He Was ‘Overshadowed’ By Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook


Jeff Green, soon-to-be a restricted free agent, wants to remain in Boston Green. He tells the Herald that in OKC, he couldn’t really show the basketball world all that he can do because of the team’s two stars — exactly how he expects to correct this grave injustice in Beantown, remains a mystery: “When you look at the numbers, Green had decent production after coming over from Oklahoma City in the Kendrick Perkins trade. But when it was suggested his performance may not have lived up to his own standard, he interjected a hearty, ‘Hell, no.’ There is more to Jeff Green than met the eyes of Celtics fans in the last few months of the 2010-11 season. ‘Yeah, man, you know a lot of people don’t know what I can really do,’ he said. ‘In Oklahoma, I was kind of overshadowed by Kevin (Durant) and the way Russell (Westbrook) picked up, but, excuse my language, I can really (expletive) play. I can really play this game, man.’ That belief was supported by discussions he had following the season. ‘I had some good meetings with (coach) Doc (Rivers) before the lockout, and I’ve been talking to P (Paul Pierce [stats]) and Ray (Allen),’ Green said. ‘Next year they’re really going to allow me to play, and I think that’s what I need. I need to go out there and just play. Sometimes I think too much, but I just need to go out there and play the game. I’ve got great confidence in myself, but things were a little difficult last year.’ There were times when Green played free and loose, but too often he appeared tentative with the ball. And sometimes when he realized how crazy that was, he’d wind up forcing the action. Looking back, the move to Boston and the weeks that followed were a spin cycle. ‘It was quick,’ Green said. ‘It was a quick turnaround from Point A to Point B. It was tough because I was going through a lot. The trade set me back a little bit because I had to get used to another role. I had to learn the plays and the defensive schemes. There was just so much in a short period of time. Hopefully we can get the lockout over, and I can come back here and go through a training camp where I can get comfortable in the role that I have.’”

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  • LA Huey

    I hope he blossoms into an All-Star and keeps Boston in title contention. I love to hate the Cs but the passion won’t be there if they’re non-contenders.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Duhh? He looks great in all these charity pick up games though.

  • KJackson

    They overshadowed you because they were better than u, Asshole. Keep it real.

  • LP

    yea, JEFF GREEN will learn soon he isn’t fit for a “superstar” role…we saw what you could do, sir. Please, know your limitations, become a borderline All-Star every year, win championships doing your role-player job, and collect checks…That would be the smart thing for him and BOSTON to realize.

  • JEr dawg

    I do believe he can “(expletive) play.” #1 he’s unselfish. #2 he plays Defense. #3 very skilled. #4 well coached at Georgetown.
    If he was selfish he would’ve ball hogged, throw tantrums, and not play defense. He is shorter than Durant and not much heavier, but played a Quasi-power forward position while trying to guard the power position. Very athletic, also. If he can play more of a 3 position and some 4 he’s going to really be productive and valuable in a more team oriented system that uses his passing skills while @ Georgetown and the Princeton offense.

  • Overtime

    Their first year in Oklahoma, he actually had a legit claim to being 2nd fiddle to Durant. He was a rebounding really well and playing good D, but that seemed to be it?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Besides assists, Jeff Green has shown (in OKC) that he can pretty much contribute all across the board. He was close to being a 1 three point, 1 steal, 1 block type of guy. Clearly he wasn’t given much playing time in Boston though for obvious reasons.

  • ripslam

    Thank you, Captain Obvious…

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    i can see him being like a Jamal Crawford like 6th man and beyond, he was also over shadowed in boston cuz of how much the city LOVED perkins compared to him

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    He just wasn’t what Boston needed last year. He’s a better player than Perk, but Perk filled a need in Boston.

  • Heals

    As said above, I hope the man blooms in Beantown, but they overshadowed you cause they’re better at they do than you. Where was this (expletive) fire from Jeff last year, guess Ticket and PDouble are starting to rub off. Either way hopefully this confidence is a sign of things to come for the youngster…

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    how come everytime a guy makes a confident “believe in himself” type statement, everyone kills him for it?? the heat wanting to win multiple rings. the crawford kid wanting to be better than mike. d.rose wanting to be mvp. the list goes on and on. i guess thats why as long as you believe it, it doesnt matter what everyone else thinks

  • @DEKNOWZ

    THERE SHOULD BE NO WORDS AFTER KJackson Posted: Nov.23 at 10:55 am. NUFF SAID.

  • Chukaz

    Jeff Green was overshadowed by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in okc the same way Steve Kerr was overshadowed by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in Chicago…

  • Chukaz

    Jeff Green was overshadowed by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in okc the same way Mark Madsen was overshadowed by Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in LA

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Of course you were “overshadowed”, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are both better players.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTRLlwO8dRI&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL datkid

    i don’t see a problem with this statement… i mean obviously kd and westbrook are better but that doesn’t jeff green can’t be good. or very very good. In the right system with a little bit more coaching and practice who knows?

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I don’t think he was saying that he’s better that Durant or Westbrook, he’s just saying with the hype behind those players, no one really knows that he can play outside of OKC. Green has skills and I think he can be a solid 18 and 8 type player in the right situation. I just don’t know if Boston is the right fit for him.

  • http://slamonline cold as ice

    send jeff to either of these 5 teams….kings. jimmer,tyreke,jeff green,hickson,cousins. young team. bright future……… 2.philly. either send iggy to boston.(depending on bostons salary cap)send green to 76ers. holiday,turner,green,brand,hawes(i think :o l)or sign green. pending salary cap. and get him as a sixth man. or possible starter.(wont start may not play in the allstar gm. sf and pf spots locked up……3 bobcats. idk why. i just think of kemba and jeff green will make a decent 1 2 punch…….4.bulls let go of deng to boston. green cant take some of the scoring load off of rose. younger then deng an injury free is a plus…..5…new york. take some scoring off melo an amare. plays defense. something the knicks need.does the lil things.6th man role. and will get his in d’antoni’s offense with mike browns defense. could work out well. only thin will be a logjam at the sf an pf. you’ll still have ..walker,shaw.williams,jeffries,shel.williams.plus they all had 1yr deals.except sh.williams.

  • cinquet

    jeff green is a hybrid, nattural at 2 3 and 4. He did alot for OKC that the average basketball fan doesnt see.

  • KH10

    If the Celts can hold on to Rondo, Green and Big baby they might be able to avoid the complete meltdown and “rebuilding” when KG, PP and Ray retire.

  • Mooney10

    The guy can really be effective if used properly. I got the chace to see him play in person a few times and he can play. The NBA today calls for versatility and athleticism, he has both, but it seems that he doesn’t know what position he would be better at full time either 3 or 4. i think he will benefit working with KG and he will beb better than most think he is. The Durant/Westbrook thing, you got to put it aside, it doesn’t matter anymore!

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