Good stuff from Steve Bulpett here (as usual). Go read the whole thing for many good quotes from Jeff Green. The gist of it is that Green hears the doubters and the people (like me, I admit) that wonder why he can't be more consistent.
The suggestion has been made that viewers don’t understand how difficult it is to scale the scoring heights. “Of course,” Green said. “They don’t know, because they haven’t been through it. That’s why I say I can care less what people say. They can talk and say whatever they want to say. You know, I don’t give a (expletive). It don’t bother me.”
Good for him. I hope this really is his attitude and he's not just saying that because it is what you are supposed to say. Obviously everyone is human and it hurts to hear something negative said about you. But at the end of the day, especially in such a public profile, you have to let that stuff wash right off you. Water off a duck's back.
Yeah, Jeff Green isn't consistent from game to game. But few NBA players can reach the highs that he obtains, so you live with some of the lows that average him out to where's he's at.
His role has expanded this year and he's been the same Jeff Green, only more-so. If that makes any sense. We can debate all day long over what he should or shouldn't be, but he is what he is and he's mostly not going to care what we think.
I'm happy for Jeff that he's got a clean bill of health and that he's enjoying a good amount of success. He's no longer talked about as having one of the worst contracts in sports. If anything, he's a wanted trade target for other teams that would love to have a dynamic (if sporadic) scorer on their team.
If he's traded in the offseason, I'll understand that (as long as we get some good value for him). If he's still in Boston next, I'll be fine with that too. I would imagine a lot of his fate is tied up in who the Celtics draft. If it is Parker or Wiggins, his days might be numbered. Otherwise, he might be around quite a while.
Nothing anyone can do about that right now though. So we'll just have to enjoy the occasional 39 point games and thunderous dunks while looking to his teammates to pick up the slack when he isn't reaching those heights.