Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green will miss the entire NBA season according to the “Boston Globe” as the talented young player will undergo surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm which doctors discovered during a physical earlier this month. Green, who was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder last February, recently signed a one year deal with the Celtics for the upcoming campaign. The team stated that Green should be able to return to the hardwood next season.
Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge released a statement on Saturday. Ainge said “While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case. The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”
Green would have been the primary back-up to All-Star forward Paul Pierce; however Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said the team will utilize Sasha Pavlovic and Marquis Daniels to fill the void. Green on his Twitter account sent a message out to the fans thanking them for their support. Green tweeted “Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers… much appreciated love you all..and I’ll be back soon stronger and better than ever I promise.”
Boston lost another promising young forward to heart problems almost 20-years ago as Reggie Lewis had to retire from the game after he collapsed in a Playoff contest in 1993. He would be playing in a pick-up game at his alma-mater Northeastern University when he once again collapsed and this time could not be revived. His cause of death was due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a structural defect of the heart. We at Pro Hoops Central send out wishes to Green for a full and speedy recovery.