Birkenstock boston Boston celtics forward Jeff Green will have surgical procedure to maintenance an aortic aneurysm and will neglect the complete period, the group declared on Wednesday as it visited to Greater for its display operator against the Raptors.
Green is planned for an function on Friday at the Cleveland Center. Physicians have informed him the function “should completely maintenance Green’s condition and that he can anticipate to application his NBA profession next period,” the Birkenstock boston celtics said in a announcement generate.
If so, the time of his exercising stay actual — and the end of the NBA lock out — may have stored Green’s life and assisted the Boston celtics prevent a loss like the 1993 loss of life of Reggie Lewis, who decreased deceased on a exercise the courtroom of center problems in the excellent of his profession.
“While we are saddened that Mark will not be able to have fun with this period, the most thing is his health,” Boston celtics chief executive Danny Ainge said in the discharge. “We were blessed to have use of an awesome group of professionals to assess Jeff’s situation.”
The team said it would have no more comment, at Green’s request. But Green said on Twitter on Saturday afternoon: “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.”
Green, 25, averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season after joining the Celtics in a trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
An aortic aneurysm, which is more common in older people, is a ballooning of the wall of the aorta, the major artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. A person may show no symptoms from the aneurysm; but if it ruptures, it is likely to be fatal if not repaired immediately.
The team’s statement said Green’s aneurysm was detected during his physical after he reported for a training camp on Dec. 9. Green received additional testing and consultation by “leading cardiac specialists,” who recommended surgery.
Green’s college coach at Georgetown, John Thompson III, said after the Hoyas’ 81-55 victory over American on Saturday that they’d spoken before the game.
“He’s, I guess, as upbeat as anyone can be,” Thompson said. “I don’t want to speak for Jeff, but it’s been a trying week. I’ve seen the progression from terrified to confident, and that comes with education. That comes with truly understanding what he’s going through, and 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. And with each day, that has grown.”
NBA players, including Steve Nash and Baron Davis, sent along their best wishes on Twitter. In Miami, LeBron James seemed taken aback when asked about Green after practice.
“I think it’s unfortunate for the game to be taken away, especially after a summer like this where we already had 2 1-2 months off,” said James, who played in a few charity games with Green over the summer. “Hopefully he can get back healthy, they can figure out what’s going on and he can get back on the floor.”
James also remembered Jason Collier’s death in 2005, when the center was with the Atlanta Hawks and died suddenly.
“As a professional, you would think every last one of us would be in the top-tier shape and nothing would be wrong with us,” James said. “That’s why the doctors, they are who they are.”