Green says there's 'another level' to his game

Green says there's 'another level' to his game
April 5, 2013, 5:00 pm
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The skill has always been there for Jeff Green. He was a standout player at Georgetown, and a No. 5 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

He made up a three-headed monster in Oklahoma City before being traded to Boston, where he took a bit of a step back that season - and then a big step back after heart surgery.

After a rigorous rehab, Green returned to the Celtics and inked a four-year, $36-million deal. He looked hesitant, or not confident enough in his own ability or health at times on the court early on this season, but has since played much stronger.

Doc Rivers said on Thursday that confidence is one of the main reasons for Green's recent success.

Green, though, told CSNNE's Greg Dickerson that confidence is something he takes with him all the time.

"My confidence level is always high even if I score 10 points," Green said. "I can't ever get down on myself. I always have to stay positive, stay with my game, and continue to work on it. Things have been going well for me, yes, but I'm never satisfied, I'm never satisfied. I just have to continue to work, and hope that things can get better. And I just have to make sure that each game I come ready to play with a real good focus."

If "confidence" isn't the right word, then maybe "comfortableness" is. Having gone through a major surgery like the one Green had, there had to be a bit of timidness early on. While Green hasn't showed much hesitation lately, he isn't quite ready to call himself fully back.

"I never had a moment where I said I'm a 100-percent back," Green said. "The only time I said I am back is the first preseason game in Turkey, I'm back on the floor. That's the only time I've said that. You never know with this procedure, you never know when you're officially healthy or 100-percent. It's just something that happens overnight and you feel it. Have I felt it yet? I don't know. I've bee playing well, but sometimes I do go through a phase where I hit a wall of fatigue, and it's like you listen to your body, and the body can shut down or you continue to push through it. But I haven't had that moment yet. I've been taking it one day at a time, and trying to get in the best condition and the best shape I can to get ready for the playoffs."

Kevin Garnett told Dickerson that he feels Green could be one of the best players to ever play the game. That's obviously a lofty expectation, but Green also believe that he hasn't tapped fully into his potential.

"I believe there is [another level]," Green said. "It's only been a year and three months, and they necessarily don't say you're 100-percent in a year-and-a-half, two years. So I think there's another level, I just have to continue to work."