Green set to face ex-teammates Garnett, Pierce

Green set to face ex-teammates Garnett, Pierce
October 14, 2013, 8:30 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

WALTHAM, Mass.— Well at least Jeff Green didn't lose Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce's phone number as Garnett famously said last year about former Celtic Ray Allen after Allen signed with the Miami Heat.

That doesn't change the fact Tuesday night's matchup between Brooklyn (Garnett and Pierce's new team) and the Celtics will be more than just the first time since the draft-night deal that these former teammates will face off as foes.

But according to Green, it will be their first communication since the C's shipped the Hall-of-fame tandem along with Jason Terry and D.J. White, to the Nets.

When asked about speaking with them, Green replied, "I haven't spoken to them since they got traded. Probably Jet (Jason Terry) the last person I talked to out of the three."

Green added, "It just got to a point where it was time to move on, for me. They're gone. I can't worry about how they feel or how I feel. The trade happened, it happened.  When I see them, brief words and then get ready to play."

It's somewhat surprising that so much time has passed without Green talking to his former teammates, especially Garnett.

When the news came down that Green would have season-ending heart surgery and would miss the entire 2011-2012 campaign, no Celtic seemed to take the news harder than Garnett.

And upon Green's return, it was Garnett who remained steadfast in his belief that Green wasn't going to just be a good player for the Celtics.

Garnett took his praise for Green to another level.

"I've always said J. Green is going to be one of the best players to ever play this game," Garnett told Comcast SportsNet. "People look at me kind of weird when I say that, but then when you watch him play, you see the glimpses, you see what I'm talking about. As he betters, this team will be better, this organization will be better."

At that time, Garnett wasn't sure Green fully understood just how talented, - in Garnett's eyes at least - he was.

"But one day it'll click," Garnett said. "As you grow into this league, you start to figure out your niche, start to figure out what you want to be in this league, and I think he's still trying to figure out his niche and where he's at in this league."