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Thompson III Shares His Thoughts on Jeff Green

In a routine physical conducted before the start of the 2011-12 basketball season, Jeff Green was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, which will sideline him for the season.

It’s difficult to imagine if the season had never happened, how long would this condition have gone undetected? Even with surgery approaching soon, Green remains positive, tweeting the following to all the people who sent him well wishes through the social media outlet.

@unclejeffgreen Thank u everyone for ur thoughts and prayers…much appreciated love u all..and I’ll be back soon stronger and better than ever I promise

@unclejeffgreen Wish I can tweet every single person back but I wanna say thanks for the love…hope everyone is having a blessed day

The 25-year-old Cheverly, Md. native played college at Georgetown under coach John Thompson III. The news of Green’s impending surgery came in the middle of Georgetown’s win against American Dec. 17. Thompson III said he had been talking with Green throughout the week.

“I don’t want to speak for Jeff, but it’s been a trying week,” Thompson III said, “and I’ve seen the progression from terrified to confident and that comes with education, that comes with truly understanding what he is going through, what he has to go through and the confidence in his support system and the confidence in the doctors that he’s going to be working with, each day that has grown. I talked to him just before we left the gym to come over here today and so our prayers are with him. He’s strong. He’s strong.”

Green came into the league in the 2007-08 season, playing for the Seattle SuperSonics. He moved with the team to Oklahoma City, playing with the team for two and half years before being traded mid-season in 2010-11 in the trade sending Kendrick Perkins to OKC.

Green played 26 games for Boston last season, averaging 13.3 points per game, 1.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds last season. Though he is definitely out for the season and his one-year, $9 million contract has now been voided, the Celtics still hold the rights to the 6-foot-9 forward when he returns.

Whatever his status on a basketball team, the first priority is his health and recovery, a point Thompson reiterated after Saturday’s game.

“It’s been a difficult week so to speak,” Thompson III said. “But Jeff, obviously Jeff is a part of who we are and he’s as upbeat as anyone can be as it relates to what’s going on with him and our prayers are with him and we anticipate everything will be OK.”


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