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State of the Celtics: Walker wants to coach, and Green expectations

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 15, 2012 at 10:30 PM

It's been awhile since I posted this themed post. With some C's things to discuss. I thought it was the perfect time.

Antoine Walker wants to coach

“I’ll probably want to coach one day,” he said. “I don’t know what level yet. I enjoy being around the game. I love the game of basketball. It definitely will be in sports, in some capacity. Right now it’s hard to say, I’m trying to find my niche. That’s why I want to come out and do these type of things. I also went to the NBA Pre-Draft Camps, talked to some GMs. I’ve just got to figure out what my niche will be, but it definitely will be in the game.”

I wish him luck. I thought he was a good motivator in spurts. Who could forget Walker giving Pierce an earful in game three in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals. That's one of my favorite Celtic moments of all-time. The big 21 points comeback in the 4th quarter.  He was also a big part in Miami's championship in 2006. He was a good locker room guy. So I wish Toine luck.

Jeff Green Expectations-ESPN

ESPN has a bunch of bloggers from other sites doing their summer forecast series. Here are some of their explanations for Green.Yours truly isn't apart of the series of course. Because frankly I don't know any of those guys. I ride alone.

Chuck McKenney, Red’s Army

I’m expecting a lot from Green and that’s because Danny Ainge seemingly outbid the entire NBA with the reported four-year contract valued somewhere around $32-36 million. I’m begging anyone to show me a rumor that involved another team willing to give Green anything close to the deal he’s supposed to sign in Boston. Let’s move on to the facts. Green struggled mightily in the 26 games he played for Boston in 2011. He was passive and out of sync. Last season was supposed to be his redemption, but he was forced to have heart surgery.

Fortunately, all signs point to Green being heart healthy this year. There might be some rust, but he’ll shake it off in camp. For the Celtics to make another deep playoff run, Green must contribute consistent offense (15-17 points per game) off the bench. I think he can do that. The real questions about Green come in the next two to three years — as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett fade, is Green capable of carrying the torch? Yikes.

Brendan Jackson, CelticsHub

In an ideal world, flipping Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green would have gone down as Danny Ainge's fourth greatest achievement as a GM, behind the Kevin Garnett/Ray Allen offseason, making the draft-night trade for Rajon Rondo, and signing Jermaine O'Neal for two years at the full mid-level exception (OK, one of those moves was not good). Unfortunately, Green struggled to gel with the Celtics at the end of 2011 and missed last season after undergoing surgery for an aortic aneurysm. The hope this season is that the Celtics have a young, athletic small forward to back up Paul Pierce. I'm here to temper those expectations. The truth is that Green has never been particular effective at playing the small forward position.

In Green's last two full seasons, he posted a PER lower than league average for small forwards (albeit in limited minutes). The good news is that Green has also limited his small forward opponent's production to a PER around league average. At best, the increase in minutes at the small forward position will prove that Green was originally miscast as an undersized power forward. At worst, he'll be an athletic wing defender able to run with Rajon Rondo. I expect he'll be somewhere in the middle.

I hope Green works out, because I want a youthful star for Rondo. Plus it will pay off in the playoffs,and during the course of the season when the Celtics battle for home court. Wouldn't that be nice? Getting home court in the East again. Green will go through a full camp with the Celtics, and that will payoff big. I hate to judge Green on his short stint in 2011. It wasn't fair to Green, because Danny messed up the team chemistry mid-season after trading Perk. The Celtics have moved on, and that's good for Green. I don't think he'll be an all-star just yet, but the potential sits down in his belly.

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Reply C'slife
10:57 PM on August 15, 2012 
We love you man. LOL

I agree with you on Green. It would be great for Rondo, and that's what I look at.
Reply paul
12:15 AM on August 16, 2012 
I love it that these media stooges, and quasi-media stooges, are STILL trying to sell the Perk mis-trade. Shawn, the way I see it, one doesn't want to ride with folks like that. That's a clique I'm glad not to be part of.

And the other guy bases his whole piece on PER. Sheesh.

So far Green has been an underperforming journeyman. But Ainge has a lot of faith in him and he SEEMS very motivated. I think he will have a great season. But when I say great season, I mean that I think he will play a key role off the bench. I don't think Jeff Green will ever be great at any one thing, and I don't think he will ever be a high quality starter, but I think he is someone who can give a team a lot of depth because he can do a lot of things pretty well, and is very flexible in terms of position.

If Green gives us solid play off the bench, doing a lot of things pretty well, and running with Rondo in particular, he'll be doing a lot to help us be great next year. He'll be a lot of what makes us a deep team, a very deep team. If he gives us more than that, than fantastic.

Ainge really believes in him, and at this point, that says a lot by itself.
Reply Franklin
12:55 AM on August 16, 2012 
Ride here with us. Green has loads pf potential. A lot of pressure for him. I hope he can live up to it.
Reply paul
4:58 AM on August 16, 2012 
Franklin says...
Ride here with us. Green has loads pf potential. A lot of pressure for him. I hope he can live up to it.

A lot of it Green has put on himself, sadly, by demanding so much money.
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