What is with the free-pass Jeff Green gets?
posted at 11/17/2013 2:02 AM EST
Isn't it obvious that despite having great God-granted physical advantages, Jeff Green simply does not know how to play this game, he almost never looks like he actually enjoys pl aying it, and he has evinced no interest in improving himself?
Am I alone in thinking this?
Basketball games appear to be an unpleasant but necessary chore for him, like, "This is something I have to do to get my 106K game check. But I don't have to like it."
He just played 30 minutes without making a basket. How many guys will do that this year in the NBA?
And I'm getting tired of hearing Tommy saying how he isn't being used peoperly, how everybody has to make things easier for Jeff, get him more shots, get him out and running, get him to play nearer the basket, etc.
How about Jeff gets himself on the offensive glass, digs in and asks for the ball on the blocks, learns how to change direction with the dribble, figures out how to shoot a pull-up jumper on the move, finish in traffic, and make a pass that is crisp, on-line, and catchable, etc?
All of those things depend on having physical ability. He has the physical ability. And he claims to have "worked on my game" this summer. When pressed on what specific areas he worked on, he said he worked on all of it.
And the mental side of it may be the most troublesome. Things that call for making a quick, sound decision take him forever; moves that demand no decision at all, take him only slightly less time, i.e., watching him and Bass play a two-man game is like watching grass grow.
If I'm his coach/GM, I'm ready to cut bait and move on to someone the team can depend on as a cornerstone to build around, someone from whom the team knows what it's going to get every night, someone reliable and involved.
Stevens can't be in love with the Jeff Green Roulette he's seeing. He prefers tougher, hard-nosed, cerebral players with high-rev motors. That is not Jeff Green.
So why isn't Green able to do this basic "basketball stuff?"
You got me.
Or as Stevens was quoted tonight, "I don't know the answer to that. You'd have to ask Jeff."