Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE
Green can't wait to get back out on the court
Chris Forsberg, the Celtics reporter for ESPN Boston, relayed great news about Jeff Green after the Celtics' first practice of the 2012-2013 season.
First, Doc Rivers praised Green, saying "Jeff looked great. Actually, he had one of the better practices, and I thought his conditioning was phenomenal."
Returning from surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm that caused him to miss all of last season, it is the best news to hear regarding Green—that he is in top physical condition without any restrictions.
Second, the first-round draft pick by the Celtics in 2007 (fifth overall), Green was unable to hide his emotions during practice a few days ago.
I was trying not to smile too much during practice. I had to keep a straight face. I mean, it's hard. I let some emotions go, telling all the players that I'm happy to be back, just encouraging them. Just talking a lot for no reason, because I was just glad to be back on the floor.
It is all positive for Green, who is hoping to play in his first full NBA season since the 2009-2010 campaign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. That year he played in all 82 games and averaged 15.1 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game.
On a Celtics roster scrutinized for its old age, Green, along with Rondo, is a critical face for the team's future.
He was the main piece in the Kendrick Perkins trade two years ago and at 6'9'' can play the backup role at small or power forward.
Green will be one of the first players off the bench for Doc Rivers due to his multitalented repertoire. He can shoot the three-pointer, can knock down mid-range jumpers and is a physical presence on both offense and defense.
When health is not a concern, Green has the ability to make a major impact on both sides of the ball.