Jeff Green ‘not even thinking about’ where he’ll play
|08.01.11 at 3:07 pm ET|
NBA.com’s David Aldridge caught up with Celtics restricted free-agent forward Jeff Green over the weekend. Like Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who plans to enroll at the University of Kentucky this fall, Green is taking classes at his alma mater. While Rondo left Kentucky after only one season, Green stayed at Georgetown through his junior year, and he actually only has four more classes remaining.
Of course, Aldridge and Green also talked basketball. While he is modeling parts of his game after NBA stars like Paul Pierce, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, he isn’t planning on playing overseas during the lockout — or even thinking about where he’ll end up once it ends. Here are the highlights …
- DA: “If you go back to Boston, what do you expect your role to be next season?”
- JG: “That’s up to Doc Rivers. I know they wanted me to be more aggressive, so that’s what I’ve been doing, is just working on my all-around game. Getting a little Paul Pierce in me. You know, taking a little characteristics from different players. Kobe, being one. Paul. Being with them for a couple of months now. Just a number of guys. LeBron. I’m just working on my game, trying to get better.”
- DA: “What did you feel at the end of the playoffs?”
- JG: “Disappointment. You know, I wanted more. I wanted more. To have the experience that I had with the guys in Boston, it was tremendous. I wanted more. But I learned a lot. I learned from Kevin Garnett, Paul and Ray Allen. Three of the top legends in the game. I was just mad it was over, because I wanted to learn more and more. But I took what they gave me and just move forward and tried to add it to my game.”
- DA: “Would you say you struggled more at the defensive end than the offensive end?”
- JG: “Most definitely. Their schemes were a lot different from Oklahoma. It was tough adjusting to that, to learn the certain rotations. But I tried to do my best and I gave it my all.”
- DA: “Are you looking at overseas possibilities?”
- JG: “Not at all. My word has been with the NBA, and that’s where I’m going to stay. But who knows? If the time comes where the whole year is gone, you never know what’s going to happen. But right now, that’s out of the question.”
- DA: “Do you think you’ll be back in Boston?”
- JG: “I mean, when the CBA is all over with, and I can figure which road to go down, that’s when I’ll think about it. But right now, I’m not even thinking about it.”
Of course, Green doesn’t need to think much about whether or not he’ll be back in Boston, since he’s a restricted free agent and that decision remains in the hands of the Celtics. Barring any massive changes to the free agency structure as part of a new collective bargaining agreement, the C’s will either match Green’s best offer or trade his rights. Letting him go for nothing would be a massive public relations gaffe, considering he remains the only possible asset gained from the trade of Kendrick Perkins to the Thunder after Nenad Krstic signed a two-year deal in Moscow.
There has been plenty of Jeff Green news over the past week. In Washington D.C. over the weekend, he played hoops in the Kenner League and then participated in the Celebrity Soccer Challenge with Kobe over the weekend, getting booed after knocking host and soccer Hall of Famer Mia Hamm to the ground.
He also gave pointers to 10 Marines from the Wounded Warriors Project who were playing basketball on the White House’s south lawn last Wednesday, meeting President Barack Obama in the process.