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Celtics forward Jeff Green lost for season

Posted: December 18, 2011 in NBA

The Associated Press is reporting that Boston Celtic forward Jeff Green is opting to have surgery for an aneurysm and is likely to be out for the year.  This comes as a crushing loss for Boston and their already thin front court.  Ironically Green was drafted in the first round by Boston two years ago, but let go.  Just last season in a unpopular move both in and outside of the lockeroom, Boston traded center Kendrick Perkins for Green. Now coupled with losing out on David West to Indiana and Big Baby’s departure to Orlando, the rebuild that Boston though they could put off until next seasson may start now.

BOSTON (AP) – Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green will have surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm and will miss the entire season, the team announced on Saturday as it traveled to Toronto for its exhibition opener against the Raptors.

 
  • Forward Jeff Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season after joining the Celtics in a midseason trade.By Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP

    Forward Jeff Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season after joining the Celtics in a midseason trade.

 

If so, the timing of his training camp physical — and the end of the NBA lockout — may have saved Green’s life and helped the Celtics avert a tragedy like the 1993 death of Reggie Lewis, who dropped dead on a practice court of a heart condition in the prime of his career.

“While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health,” Celtics president Danny Ainge said in the release. “We were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case.”

The team said it would have no more comment, at Green’s request. But Green said on Twitter on Saturday afternoon: “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.”

Green, 25, averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season after joining the Celtics in a trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

An aortic aneurysm, which is more common in older people, is a ballooning of the wall of the aorta, the major artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. A person may show no symptoms from the aneurysm; but if it ruptures, it is likely to be fatal if not repaired immediately.

The team’s statement said Green’s aneurysm was detected during his physical after he reported for a training camp on Dec. 9. Green received additional testing and consultation by “leading cardiac specialists,” who recommended surgery.

Green’s college coach at Georgetown, John Thompson III, said after the Hoyas’ 81-55 victory over American on Saturday that they’d spoken before the game.

“He’s, I guess, as upbeat as anyone can be,” Thompson said. “I don’t want to speak for Jeff, but it’s been a trying week. I’ve seen the progression from terrified to confident, and that comes with education. That comes with truly understanding what he’s going through, and what he has to go through, and the confidence in his support system and the confidence in the doctors that he’s going to be working with. And with each day, that has grown.”

NBA players, including Steve Nash and Baron Davis, sent along their best wishes on Twitter. In Miami, LeBron James seemed taken aback when asked about Green after practice.

“I think it’s unfortunate for the game to be taken away, especially after a summer like this where we already had 2 1-2 months off,” said James, who played in a few charity games with Green over the summer. “Hopefully he can get back healthy, they can figure out what’s going on and he can get back on the floor.”

James also remembered Jason Collier‘s death in 2005, when the center was with the Atlanta Hawks and died suddenly.

“As a professional, you would think every last one of us would be in the top-tier shape and nothing would be wrong with us,” James said. “That’s why the doctors, they are who they are.”

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Dwight Howard to The Lakers?!

Posted: January 12, 2011 in NBA
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Holy cow!!  Did I read that right?  Could this even be in the realm of possibility?  Well….not in the immediate future….but, Dwight Howard can come a free agent in two years and that certainly was part of the motivation for Orlando going all out this season by trading for Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo. The Magic are all about  winning now. 

But what if it doesn’t work out? Sure, it’s two years away but ESPN’s Ric Bucher decided to throw some gasoline on fire that is not even started with this tweet last Wednesday:

DisneyWorld vs. Disneyland feud could go DefCon1: Sources say DHoward has eye on Lakers if Magic don’t win a title in next 2 years.

Is it just a meaningless rumor to create a buzz or is Dwight Howard really interested in the Lakers?  Kurt Helin from Probasketballtalk thinks it is unlikely to happen.

First off, isn’t it a little early to be talking about where Dwight Howard might want to go in two years? Especially if we are talking about the old wound that is the city Shaq migrated to when he left Orlando. Secondly, if we are going to tweet the name of every player who would like to come to the Lakers we’re going to fill up your entire timeline. Virtually everybody in the NBA wants to play for the Lakers/Celtics/Heat and the other traditional powers of the league. It’s a lot more fun to play in front of a full house rather than a half empty one.

The other problem with all of this is that the Lakers are pretty locked into their existing core through then, with $69 million already on the books for the 2012-13 season. Which is over the existing salary cap, let alone whatever cap number comes with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Theoretically Los Angeles could not pick up the team option on Andrew Bynum for that season and buy out the non-guaranteed deal ofLamar Odom to make room for a sign-and-trade…

Really, we’re going to do this now? Maybe we should wait to see how the new teammates for Dwight Howard do when blended together before we worry about where he’s going to play after the next presidential election. Clearly Otis Smith and the Magic are committed to keeping him.

The Magic may be ready to challenge for the Eastern Conference this year, and It is true that it may not work out on paper–after all The Lakers already have their big man in Bynum (if he can stay healthy)–but it will still be a fun  topic of conversation for the next two years.  You know that the talking heads at The Mothership [as Dan Patrick refers to it] will be beating it to death.