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Irish Coffee: Delonte West ecstatic about Jeff Green

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On March 18, 2011 @ 2:21 pm In General | 1 Comment

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While the Big Four of Paul Pierce [1], Rajon Rondo [2], Kevin Garnett [3] and Ray Allen [4] probably looked at the Celtics-Thunder deadline deal as “The Kendrick Perkins [5] Trade,” at least one member of the C’s saw it from a different perspective.

That’s because Delonte West [6] knew better than his teammates what Jeff Green [7] was capable of contributing, because — as West puts it — everybody who grows up playing basketball in the Washington D.C. greater metropolitan area knows each other. Not to mention the two played together on the SuperSonics for half the 2007-08 season.

“I played with Jeff in a few rec leagues before up at Georgetown, and I played with him in Seattle,” said West. “I know what he can do. I know what he’€™s capable of. In Oklahoma, you had a few guys taking all the shine over there, but when I heard we were getting Jeff Green, I was automatic ecstatic. I’€™ve been in the gym with him before in Seattle. The guy can play.”

Green could play then, and West believes his former teammate is even better now that he’s added a few weapons to his repertoire of skills. Green has averaged 11.1 points on 48.8 percent shooting in 23.1 minutes a night in 10 games for the Celtics.

“Of course he’€™s matured a little bit,” added West. “He’€™s a few years in now, and he’€™s only getting better. I see him shooting that 3 ball real comfortably. I already knew he could run the floor and how easy he can get points for us. That’€™s important.”


In case you wanted to see just how beaten up The Big Four were about the Perkins trade and you missed Episode IV of “The Association: Boston Celtics,” here you go …


In case you wanted to know what has made Paul Pierce a nine-time all-star, it’s squats. Obviously. Let him explain in this awkward exchange with an overly excited workout dude …

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[4] Ray Allen: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm

[5] Kendrick Perkins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kendrick-perkins.htm

[6] Delonte West: http://media.weei.com/basketball/delonte-west.htm

[7] Jeff Green: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jeff-green.htm

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