Jeff Green has been absent from Celtics practices since signing his one-year deal a few days ago. Very few people knew why he was absent and those who did know wouldn't say why. Finally, Danny Ainge gave us a glimpse of Green's issue at hand. (Boston Herald)
Jeff Green will not practice until Celtics officials are able to clarify questions that arose from the forward’s recent physical.
Danny Ainge declined to specify the problem, citing doctor/patient privilege, and also declined to say whether the issue was a a typical basketball-related condition, such as a knee or ankle problem.
The Celtics president said that Green was traveling today to have further tests taken.
"We found something in the physical, that we anticipate is fine," said Ainge. "He's been traveling all day. We're being cautious. We just have to be cautious."
"We anticipate he'll be here soon," he said. "I don’t think it will be long. He's just going through the tests again, today or tomorrow, and he should be fine. I'm not going to tell you what it is."
I don't want to speculate on what his issue could be, so I'm not going to. I'll trust Danny and assume that everything is fine and he'll be back in no time. Hopefully Green gets back on the floor soon because there isn't much time to prepare for the season since there's only about four minutes of training camp before the opener. Even more importantly, I hope whatever Green is dealing with doesn't affect his quality of life or anything. I may not love his game or lack of aggressiveness on the court, but I wouldn't want something like this to hurt him off the basketball court for the long term.