Garnett: 'Jeff's our brother, we want him around'

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Garnett: 'Jeff's our brother, we want him around'

BOSTON Jeff Green will not be sprinting up and down the court for the Boston Celtics this season. Alley-oops from Rajon Rondo?

Not happening.

An aortic aneurysm will keep the power forward out for the entire 2011-2012 season, which also means the 9 million contract Green signed with the Celtics has been voided.

In Doc Rivers' eyes, none of that makes him any less of a teammate.

That was quite obvious on Thursday as Green took a few jumpers at the end of the Celtics practice, which apparently wasn't the first time he has been around the team since it was determined that he would not play this season.

"He's part of the team," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. "Jeff's hopefully going to get a (championship) ring. He'll be there, just like everyone else."

Green is scheduled to undergo surgery on Jan. 9 -- a month to the day from when the Celtics and the medical staff from New England Baptist Hospital determined there was an irregularity in his physical.

After consulting with additional doctors, their original findings were confirmed.

Green, who declined to speak with the media on Thursday, has a kindred spirit of sorts in teammate Marquis Daniels.

Like Green, Daniels knows all too well what it's like to suffer a season-ending injury.

Daniels spoke with CSNNE.com recently about what's necessary for a player to handle such a difficult situation.

"As long as everybody's around, keeping his spirits up, he'll be fine," Daniels told CSNNE.com.

It appears Green understands this, evident by him essentially doing the same off-the-court things he would be doing this time of year if he were with the Celtics.

"Jeff's our brother, we want him around," said Kevin Garnett. "What he's about to go through, none of us have been through. What he's about to go through is definitely life-changing. And we want him around. We don't know what the future holds for any of this, but it's good to have him around."

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.