Sad news emerged today from Boston. Jeff Green, who led the Georgetown Hoyas to the 2007 Final Four, will miss the entire 2011-2012 NBA season for the Boston Celtics. According to a statement on the Celtic's website, Green needs heart surgery after an aortic aneurysm was discovered during a Dec. 9 physical.
Green seemed in good spirits on his Twitter feed. More after the jump.
unclejeffgreen jeffI'm on the pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum
I've been lucky enough to speak to Green a few times, and he was always very cool, and grounded for an NBA lottery pick. My most recent encounter came at a charity benefit with the dudes from Hogs Haven in October. Green was there to support Ivan Carter, who was running the Marine Corps Marathon to benefit an animal charity. Green did his interview and said what's up to the crowd, never once seeming like the entitled athlete that often becomes the case.
I'll always remember the Hoyas 2007 Final Four run and that Green was the most exciting Hoya since Allen Iverson. Clearly I am not the only one wishing Green a speedy recovery, plenty of other athletes and people wished the same on Twitter.
There's warm sentiment came in from Deron Williams, Sports Guy Bill Simmons, Steve Nash and plenty of others. We say the same thing thousands of others do. Get well soon Jeff. We're all rooting for you.