Jeff Green: ‘[I’m] Fully Recovered, Cleared For Everything’

by September 15, 2012

After inking a four-year, $36 million contract with the Boston Celtics this summer, Jeff Green claims he’s ready to go go after missing the entirety of last season with an aortic aneurysm. We’ll learn for sure how true this is in a little over a month, but for the time being, ESPN Boston reports the swingman is leaving the past in the rearview and is finally prepared to look ahead: “The questions about his health are inevitable after he sat out all of last season while undergoing surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, but Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green doesn’t waste much time stressing that he’s physically ready for the 2012-13 campaign. ‘Fully recovered, part of the team, cleared for everything,’ Green said Friday afternoon after joining teammates Dionte Christmas and Kris Joseph to run a basketball clinic at the Holland Elementary School as part of a community service day alongside other members of the Celtics organization, the Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation, and City Year volunteers. Green knows he’ll be peppered with health questions, but having not played an NBA game in nearly 16 months, it’s clear his focus now is on what lies ahead. Which is why when he’s asked about the toughest hurdle in getting back on the floor, he smiles and declares, ‘Nothing.’ To be certain, there is rust to shake. ‘Getting in a groove, getting in a rhythm — but it’ll come,’ said Green. ‘We still have two months until the beginning of the regular season. That stuff will come. I’ve really been able to do everything — contact, my movements, my shot is there, my lift is there. Everything is coming along.'”