Note to the NBA: If Jeff Green is going for a dunk, get the heck out of his way.
In a near rewind of his Nov. 14, 2012 jam over Al Jefferson, the Boston Celtics watched their reserve forward throw down over a veteran big. This time around, Green made a poster out of Phoenix Suns center Jermaine O'Neal.
The dunk came on the one-year anniversary of Green's heart surgery:
To compare that picture with the video placed above is nothing short of inspiring.
For Green to have come this far in just one year is a testament to his impenetrable will. It is also a sign of just how far this young man can go in the NBA.
His four-year deal with the Celtics suggests that he will have plenty of opportunities to thrive.
As for the dunk itself, Tommy Heinsohn of CSN New England offered up his analysis. One angle was of praise and the other criticism for the Suns' method of defense.
All is fair in love and war, is it not?
Jeff Green with the emphatic dunk: "That's what they call defense by ball watching."— Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) January 10, 2013
This was an outstanding moment for a man that embodies perseverance.
As for the game itself, Boston secured an 87-79 win over the Suns. Green finished with 14 points, while rookie Jared Sullinger had 12 points and 16 rebounds.
It appears as if Boston's future generation of stars is already present.