NBA players respond to Green news

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NBA players respond to Green news

When the news that Jeff Green will miss the entire 2011-12 season to repair an aortic aneurysm was announced on Saturday morning, the Twitter universe exploded with sentiments of concern and care.

Green Tweeted an uplifting message, I'm on the pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum, before the announcement.

He later sent a tweet of appreciation for all the support: Thank u everyone for ur thoughts and prayers...much appreciated love u all..and I'll be back soon stronger and better than ever I promise.

Among those tweeting words of encouragement were fellow NBA players from around the league:

Deron Williams (@DeronWilliams): Praying for Jeff Green hope his surgery goes well and he has a speedy recovery! Need to see him back on the court asap

Steve Nash (@SteveNash): Good luck to Jeff Green, having surgery to correct an aortic aneurysm. Come back strong next year! Good luck.

Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony): Everyone keep JeffGreen in their prayers. Have a successful procedure

Baron Davis (@Baron_Davis): Praying for Jeff Green as he goes thru surgery. . Hope you make it back stronger bro.

Evan Turner (@thekidet): Prayers go out to the big homie Jeff Green, I hope he has a successful procedure. He's a stand up guy, for real

Courtney Lee (@CourtneyLee2211): Prayers go out to Jeff Green!!!

Ortiz: Yankees fans' booing 'wakes up the monster in me'

Ortiz: Yankees fans' booing 'wakes up the monster in me'

In his 1-on-1 interview with CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam, David Ortiz thanks Yankees fans, ahead of his final series at Yankee Stadium, for the motivation they’ve given him throughout his Red Sox career. 

He expressed a similar sentiment in this post on The Players' Tribune website.

 

Stevens’ first practice observation: ‘We’re going to be able to fly around’

Stevens’ first practice observation: ‘We’re going to be able to fly around’

WALTHAM, Mass. –  Before the Celtics fully stretched prior to their first practice of the season, coach Brad Stevens had his players go 5-on-5 in a not-live breakdown while going at about 30 percent full speed or similar to what they would do in a walk-through.

“If that was 30 percent, we’re going to be able to fly around,” said Stevens. “I think it was just a misjudging of what 30 percent is. They were flying early on in practice. We have to be able to fully rotate, we have to guard different positions, you gotta be able to read the game instinctively and obviously there’s an athletic component that allows you to do so effectively.”

Regardless, the Celtics are a team that will rely more on their athleticism in past seasons in order to be effective and live up to the lofty expectations so many have for them this season.

“We have a real good team, real athletic at a lot of spots,” Celtics forward Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “We definitely got a couple more high-flyers in the building this year.”

He’s speaking about Gerald Green, a former Slam Dunk champion, and Jaylen Brown, who is considered one of the more athletic players among this year’s rookie class.

And that athleticism was indeed on display in the early moments of the team’s first practice of the season.

But what makes the Celtics a team that could potentially be a major player in the East, is that the increased athleticism is now married to a team whose skill level is underrated.

Talent and athleticism is certainly a bonus for any team.

But the Celtics know the road to being among the game’s elite is long and winding, a journey that they are just beginning to embark on right now.

And while there are plenty of directions that Stevens can put a greater focus on in these early days, it doesn’t appear the Celtics' leader will go that route.

“We’ve got a lot being installed,” Stevens said. “We’ll keep the emphasis on being a blue-collar team and playing together.”