No more Mr. Nice Jeff Green Guy


No more Mr. Nice Jeff Green Guy

By Justin Aucoin

In a sport known from its prima donnas, overpaid whiners and juvenile temper tantrums , its not often to hear an NBA coach spout off the following:

"I think he's too nice," Rivers said. "He's trying to please the other guys on the floor.

Yes, you read that correctly. Doc Rivers thinks Jeff Green is too nice.

Why is Green too nice? Well, Rivers said something about playing with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rando, and passing too much and some other hoo-hah; Green added hes over-passive, whatever that means. Maybe the pre-game back massages was a bit much, we agree, but too nice?

To try to turn Green into a less nice guy, Rivers let Green take a day off from practice and study with the least nice guy he knows Charles Barkley.

It started off with Green going through shot drills

with cats.

And then onto defensive drills against small children.

If that wasnt bad enough, then Green had to throw insults at the little tykes who idolize him.

At night, they went cow tipping.

Prank called some old friends.

And finally, Green also was coaxed into trying to scare Shaq during the game against Detroit.

Whoops. OK, so maybe they went a little too far with that last one. Celtics fans have no one to blame but Rivers. Green didnt ask to be mean.

All in all, maybe trying to each Green to be less nice was a good idea. But at least hes on the right track.

Bruins spoil Julien's return to Boston with victory over Canadiens, 4-1

Bruins spoil Julien's return to Boston with victory over Canadiens, 4-1

BOSTON – It was a nice night for Claude Julien in his return to Boston with a well-done video montage and a warm ovation from the still-appreciative Bruins fans. But that’s where it ended for the Habs coach as his hockey club pretty much no-showed for the game and rolled over in a 4-1 win for the Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday night. 

The Canadiens scored the game’s first goal just 31 seconds into the game when a Jakub Jerabek perimeter shot bounced off Zdeno Chara in front and skipped past Tuukka Rask. But it was all Black and Gold after that with David Pastrnak tying things up six minutes later, and the Bruins outshooting the Habs by a 13-7 margin in the second period while extending their lead. 

This time it was Ryan Spooner taking the puck to the net and watching as his centering pass attempt bounced off Jonathan Drouin’s skate and into the net. It was three goals in his last four games for Spooner, who had to feel a pretty big sense of satisfaction at netting the game-winner against a coach he clearly didn’t see eye-to-eye with early in his B’s career. 

Brad Marchand added a necessary power play strike in the third period to give Boston the insurance marker that they needed, but it didn’t really matter against a Canadiens team that was pretty lifeless for long stretches of the game. 

Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and went into lockdown mode after the first goal allowed, but truth be told the Canadiens didn’t have much in the way of quality chances throughout the game. David Krejci added the empty net goal late in the third for icing on the cake in a pretty one-sided affair for a Boston/Montreal rivalry game. 


Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'


Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'

Just when all the video tribute controversy between Isaiah Thomas and Paul Pierce seemed to be dying down, Jalen Rose heated it right back up.

Live on ESPN's "NBA Countdown," Rose called Pierce "petty" for his comments on the Celtics potentially holding a video tribute for Isaiah on Feb. 11 when Pierce gets his jersey retired.

Jalen Rose called Paul Pierce petty right to his face... 😳

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Thomas tweeted on Tuesday that he (again) declined the Celtics' offer to hold the tribute for him so it wouldn't interfere with Pierce's night. But if you look at the likes on the Instagram video above, posted by dimemagazine, you'll see Thomas appears to agree with Rose on the matter.

It doesn't look like the video tribute drama is going to end until the Feb. 11 matchup between the Celtics and Cavaliers is over with.