The Boston Celtics and the rest of the NBA are still locked out, but the players are planning ahead.
Jeff Green is a restricted free agent, although he could negotiate with another team, and he told the Boston Herald he feels like his time in Boston is not done.
“I had some good meetings with (coach) Doc (Rivers) before the lockout, and I’ve been talking to P (Paul Pierce) and Ray (Allen),” Green said. ”Next year they’re really going to allow me to play, and I think that’s what I need. I need to go out there and just play. Sometimes I think too much, but I just need to go out there and play the game. I’ve got great confidence in myself, but things were a little difficult last year.”
There is no doubt Green came to the Celtics in a tough situation. It is never easy coming to a new team, especially during the season. There are new plays to learn, and new teammates and coaches to get acquainted with.
But, these new teammates were shocked at the Kendrick Perkins trade, and it seemed like there was some grudge that prevented Green from fully becoming comfortable with his new team. There were times he showed his true potential with the Celtics, and there were other moments he looked completely lost.
If the lockout ends and the Celtics bring him back, the new season will be Green’s opportunity to prove what kind of player he can be.
“Yeah, man, you know a lot of people don’t know what I can really do,” he said. ”In Oklahoma, I was kind of overshadowed by Kevin (Durant) and the way Russell (Westbrook) picked up, but excuse my language, I can really (expletive) play. I can really play this game, man.”
It is good to hear the confidence in Green, and hopefully he gets a chance to show the Celtics faithful what he can do soon.