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Jeff Green: 'I can really (expletive) play'

Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:35 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It's been a weird turn for Jeff Green. He was an All-American at Georgetown, the fifth pick in 2007 and seen as a future cornerstone for a bright and blossoming franchise.

But he never quite realized his potential. Or maybe it wasn't even that. Maybe he never quite figured out how or where to fit.

That's how he sees it, it appears. Green told the Boston Heraldthat he thinks Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sort of overshadowed him and therefore didn't allow the world to see his full cupboard of talent. And even added an (expletive) for emphasis.

“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.”

So let's evaluate these comments. Can Jeff Green really (expletive) play? If we're talking about professional basketball, then I think he might need to take a step back.

Look, Jeff Green's a really good basketball player. Versatile, skilled, athletic, smart -- he's got a ton of tools. He's just perpetually caught in between positions. So much that it might put his success and career in the NBA in jeopardy. It's one thing to be a really good player, but if you don't have a place on the floor and therefore a role, what value do you have to a team? You have to be able to fill a need and spot. You have to produce. And while that has everything to do with your ability to really (expletive) play, it also kind of has nothing to do with, if you know what I mean.

Green was clearly overshadowed in OKC because of Durant and Westbrook and I always thought that was one of his strongest qualities. He had no issue in playing his role and quietly doing his job. He never stepped out of character to try and gather a little attention and spotlight for himself. The way he handled himself and his business in Oklahoma City was admirable. And Jeff Green will forever be one of my favorite players ever because of it.

But he just didn't have the capabilities to do his job to the level the Thunder needed. He couldn't rebound as a 4. Couldn't defend that position. Couldn't stretch the floor with a consistent outside jumper. Never really took advantage of other power forwards with his athleticism. Despite possessing some solid post skill, he never used much of it. Green was always just kind of there. A night of 15 points, five rebounds and three assists was the usual for Uncle Jeff. Good, but not good in the right ways.

He's clearly frustrated with his lot right now because he didn't find himself in a role he could flourish in Boston. While he was out of position in OKC, he was very much in the right one (as much as he can be) with the Celtics, but was forced to try and milk everything he could out of 20 minutes a night behind Paul Pierce. That's difficult for anyone.

It's a contract year for Green as he's a restricted free agent and he's understandably upset with how last season went. He knows he can play. He's a really good basketball player. But he has yet to find that spot, that place he can succeed. And really, it's hard to say if he ever will.


Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 12:45 am

Jeff Green: 'I can really (expletive) play'

I thought he was great at GTown.  I expected more from him in the NBA.  And I certainly expected more as a Celtic.  I applauded the trade at the time, but now I'm not so sure.  Green was terrible on the Celtics.  Dribbling off his leg, opponenets going by him like he was standing in cement, missing wide open shots, etc, etc.  Green did nothing to show that he can really (expletive) play.  NOTHING.

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 10:08 pm

Jeff Green: 'I can really (expletive) play'

I think he wants to expletive play, but it's a lockout going on lol?

Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:43 am
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Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:35 am

Jeff Green: 'I can really (expletive) play'

Jeff was truly loved by the fans in OKC. He is the ultimate team player. He never said no once to a fan wanting an autograph or a picture during shootaround. He was a tireless worker and is just an incredible young man. I know if it were possible OKC would take him back in a minute. We just needed the toughness a Kendrick Perkins could bring to the team. All the best to Jeff who can really play this game and who will always hear cheers in OKC !

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:08 pm

Jeff Green: 'I can really (expletive) play'

I like Green. He has a lot of potential. But in this article he just sounds like another athlete shooting his mouth off. Don't tell us you can (expletive) play, just (expletive) play.

Teams and players that shoot their mouth off often fall short. It is like their mouth jinxes them. Look at the Eagles, look at Miami pre season.

Shut up and play! (expletive)

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