BOSTON — Jeff Green remembers his first steps.
He remembers the pain of those few tentative steps, then how out of breath he was when he finally cracked the imposing 10-step barrier. Every moment and milestone of his recovery is seared into his brain as part of what he calls the “wonderful journey” that he is still living through.
The key word there is “living.” One year to day after he woke up in a hospital bed after surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm, Green led the Celtics’ tone-setting bench unit in an 87-79 win over the Phoenix Suns. The Celtics would not have won on Wednesday without that bench. The bench would not have been as explosive without Green. And Green would not have been there if not for the expert work of his doctors, the support of his friends and family, and his own indomitable will.
He tried to talk about his emotions before the game, but his words came out sounding cliché. The only time he broke his monotone was in joking about Jared Sullinger‘s penchant for gett...