Jeff Green making an effort to be more of an #$$hole on the court
From one @$$hole, to another? Not quite.
Jeff Green is not an asshole. He's a really good dude, sometimes a little too good of a dude out on the court. The NBA after all is a tough league and with so many elite athletes out there, sometimes the difference between success and failure is a players mental toughness, their will to win, their willingness to be an asshole.
KG knows this perhaps better than anyone, and following Green's 12 point night in Milwaukee, Garnett told the Herald that he liked what he saw in Green's approach compared to games past.
You know, Jeff’s a really, really nice guy, and some nights, you know, you’ve just got to be an (expletive). You’ve got to be . . . I can’t really say what I want to say, but he’s got to be that.
As always, KG has a way with words. Many on this site and other's agree with Garnett's assessment, Green's physical tools are not debatable. He's 6'9", can guard several positions, shoot from distance, create his own shot, and drive to the basket. He has the potential to be a fantastic contributor to this team. Sometimes it just seems like he's a little to nice out there though, and to Green's credit - he agrees. Following last night's win over the Bulls, Green laughed about KG's comments while admitting that the future Hall of Famer had a point.
He just wants me to be aggressive and demand respect and attack the rim — that way of being an (expletive)
He’s somebody I look up to, so I take those words and I use them to help my game and move on to the next step.
As one of the biggest Jeff Green fans out there, this was refreshing to hear. After all last night was just the 42nd game that Green has played with the Celts, and that includes a 17 month hiatus between games due to his heart surgery last season. So while Green has certainly been slow out of the box, there is reason to believe things can get better. This guy has the ability to become a key contributor off the bench for this team, and if he can add a bit of an edge to his game, that will only help.