Jeff Green Heart Surgery Derails Promising Young Career for Boston Celtics

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Jeff Green Heart Surgery Derails Promising Young Career for Boston Celtics
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Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green will have heart surgery because he has an aortic aneurysm, and will miss the entire 2011-12 NBA season, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

The surgery will repair his aorta, and what hoped to be a breakout season for the young forward has now taken a turn for the worst.

According to the Boston Herald, Green is expected to make a full recovery. The Celtics expect he will be able to continue his career next season.

Team general manager Danny Ainge said the following regarding Green on Boston.com:

“While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.” 

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This is a major blow to the Celtics chances of making a deep run in the playoffs this season. Green is just 25 years old and is one of the few young stars on an aging Boston roster.

Green is a versatile player who can play and defend multiple positions and is a quality scorer. He has good shooting range and takes the ball to the basket well and finishes effectively.

The Celtics were hoping he could play a more prominent role on the team this year after struggling to get minutes after arriving in Boston at the trading deadline last season.

His all around ability to score, rebound, make plays for teammates, and provide energy off the bench were going to be crucial to the Celtics this season as head coach Doc Rivers continues to find ways to get aging veterans Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett enough rest so they can be healthy for the playoffs.

Now the Celtics will have to rely more on their veterans this season, and that is not what's best for the team. Boston needed depth to contend in the East, but now their depth has taken a major hit with Green's absence.

Green was acquired via trade last season in a controversial move that sent center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Green and center Nenad Krstic.

 

Nicholas Goss is an NBA Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report.

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