Green believes he is fine

Green believes he is fine
December 13, 2011, 7:36 pm
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WALTHAM Jeff Green was back on the floor during the Boston Celtics' media day.

It was a good sight to see, especially when you consider all the uncertainty surrounding Green and the physical he took that was red flagged by the Celtics.

Green, speaking to the media for the first time since agreeing to a one-year deal worth 9 million, said it was the results from his stress test that raised concerns about his health.

"I was kind of fatigued," said Green, who participated in Tuesday's practice but has yet to be given clearance for full contact. "It was a late day Thursday, trying to get everything squared away. And then coming here, I didn't sleep and my flight got delayed four hours and then had to do the physical, the stress test. I think it was just fatigue."

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, didn't seem overly concerned about the situation when he discussed it on Monday.

"We anticipate he'll be here soon in practice," Ainge said. "He should be fine."

"In my mind, it was fatigue" added Green, "I didn't sleep at all, so it was kind of tough to judge."

While it has yet to be defined exactly what Green's role will be this season, there's no question the Celtics anticipate him as being one of their key performers this season. So the idea of him missing time in an already time-crunched preseason, certainly does not bode well for a quick acclimation process.

Although Green came into Tuesday morning's media day having yet to practice with the Celtics, he has been around the team watching, observing, trying to digest what he will need to do once he' cleared to play.

Even before he returned to Boston, Green had put in his preparing for this season.

"Over the summer, I did some studying," Green said. "My plan over the summer was to come back here. It happened, so I'm grateful for that. I'm still on point now even though I missed a couple of practices. I'm still good. Everything is still going smooth."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers envisions Green being an integral part of the team's bench this season.

"We want to get him in as quickly as possible," Rivers said. "He's important to us; he's important to our bench. He's so versatile. We need him on the floor."