Green to have surgery for aortic aneurysm; out for year

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Green to have surgery for aortic aneurysm; out for year

BOSTON The regular season won't start for the Boston Celtics until Christmas Day, and the C's are already on to Plan B.

Celtics forward Jeff Green will undergo cardiac surgery on Jan. 9 which will sideline him for the entire 2011-2012 season.

"While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff's case," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a release. "The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career."

Green's heart issues first came to light during a routine team physical on Dec. 9. At that time, an aortic aneurysm was detected.

Upon those findings, several follow-up tests were performed. And on Friday, a team of cardiac specialists were consulted.

From there, surgery was recommended which, according to team officials, should "completely repair" Green's condition which would allow him to, "resume his NBA career next season."

Because Green failed the physical, the one-year, 9 million contract he signed with the Celtics earlier this month is voided. And the team will miss him this year.

"He brings a lot of intangibles," captain Paul Pierce said in a recent interview with CSNNE.com. "Just watching him at Rondo's charity game (last month at Harvard). It looks like he's gotten a lot more explosive, got a lot more confidence. He could be like a utility guy; he can play so many positions, like a glue guy and really be effective."

Little did Pierce know - or any of us for that matter - that the play of Green that day, would be the last time most of us will see him in action for at least another year.

Aware that this was a possibility, a number of players close to Green could sense that he was preparing himself to deal with the inevitable reality of not being able to play this season.

"He's down now," Pierce said prior to the team indicating Green would be lost for the entire season. "I had a chance to sit down with him in his locker the other day, and just tell him to keep his head up, regardless of what's happening, and just try to stay positive."

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”