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Jeff Green hanging with Celtics, happy he’ll get to play again

Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

MIAMI, FL - MAY 11: Jeff Green #8 of the Boston Celtics warms up before Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 11, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Jeff Green could be devastated, sitting around his house cursing the fates and wondering what might have been. He was to be a key cog for a Celtics team looking to hang a banner, instead he is out for the season following heart surgery.

Instead, Green is in a pretty good place.

He spoke with the Boston Globe about his mental state as he hung out and joked around with the team in Miami before the Heat game.

“I’m very relieved, because I can play basketball again,’’ he said before the Celtics lost to the Heat, 115-107, last night at American Airlines Arena. “It’s a blessing that it was found because you never know what could happen….

“It’s like therapy, man,’’ he said. “Being around the team really helps me relax. It takes my mind off of it because I don’t want to be sitting around in the house thinking about the whole thing. You can go crazy doing that.’’


There is precedent for Green — Ronny Turiaf, Etan Thomas and others have bounced back from that surgery to play.

There’s a lot of hard work ahead of him, but anyone involved in rehab will tell you that the attitude of the patient is half the battle. At least. And it sounds like Green is in the right frame of mind.

We hope to see him back on the court next season.