Last year, Kevin Garnett advised Jeff Green that he needed to be more of an a$$hole when he is on the court.
In a post-game interview from tonight's loss to the Toronto Raptors, Jeff Green told the media that the "a$$hole mentality is coming." (Warning, an expletive is used in the video above so make sure no children are present when watching).
From WEEI's Ben Rohrbach:
Jeff Green is embracing the mentality with which Kevin Garnett encouraged him to play. Just as he did on Media Day, the de facto Celtics star cut right to the point when a reporter approached the subject delicately.
"[Expletive]-hole? It's coming. I didn't bring it tonight, obviously, the way I played, but it's coming. It's coming."
In his first game as the focal point in the Celtics offense, Green struggled in the C's 97-89 preseason loss to the Raptors, scoring just six points on 2-of-7 shooting (0-4 3P) and committing as many turnovers (3) as he totaled assists (2) and rebounds (1) in his 23:17 on the floor. Did he sense the added attention from the Raptors?
"Most definitely," said Green. "The rotations weren't solid. It was tough to get a rhythm, but you can definitely sense where the attention is headed. So, I've just got to look at film and see where I can attack and take my shots."
I really hope Green takes KG's advise and we get to see him play with a chip on his shoulder. I think Jeff is way too nice a person to emulate everything Garnett does on the court, but I'd love to see him bring some more edge to future games. Would you like to see Jeff Green try to be an a$$hole? Sound off in the comments.
And Jeff might not be playing quite like an a$$hole yet, but he is working his a$$ off even after the game to improve his conditioning:
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Kris Humphries & Jeff Green hopped on the treadmill after the game, hoping to improve their conditioning for Brad Stevens' uptempo style.— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) October 8, 2013