I fell for it. Again.
I don't know how this happened. I don't know why I wasn't more cautious. I'll blame the lockout hangover for this one.
I believed the Celtics and took their injury explanation for Jeff Green at face value.
I know. Stupid, stupid, stupid. I actually believed Danny Ainge when he said that it was pretty much nothing
and that Green would be back in no time. I believed Green when he said that he was just tired
and that he would be back in no time. I believed it all.
Shockingly enough, it looks like Green is dealing with more than that. (ESPN Boston)
"Usually you pass your physical by now," admitted Rivers. "Listen, I’ll give you guys more tomorrow for sure. But I’ve been around long enough to know that if you haven’t passed your physical yet, then there’s something going on. I just haven't found out, but I’ve been around long enough to know there’s something going on."
Rivers pleaded ignorance, saying he had been in basketball meetings all morning and hadn't conferenced with Ainge yet to talk about the latest test results. Ainge admitted more results were in, but wouldn't offer any indication about what was found.
"We will know more about Jeff tomorrow, [he's] completing all tests and all results should be known by tomorrow afternoon," said Ainge. "We’ll wait until then to give you guys all that information."
Pressed on if the early results were good or bad, Ainge said, "It's all based on perspective. But I really don’t want to talk about that. It’s not fair for me to share Jeff’s information right now. So we’ll wait for tomorrow."
It sounds like a lot more than fatigue at this point. The fact that the Celtics won't offer up any kind of explanation right now is even more worrisome. You don't hold back information about someone being tired. It almost sounds like the Celtics are giving Green some time to talk to the people he needs to discuss the issue with before they make it public. I've said before that I hate to speculate on things like this, but it's hard not when you get to something like this.
At this point, the question becomes, "Why didn't the Celtics give him his physical before signing him?" I thought that was the whole point of giving a physical in the first place. It makes sure that you're making a good investment. You can probably blame this on no real offseason and a shortened training camp. Instead of taking their time regarding getting their guys in, they rushed everything and assumed that everyone was just fine.
Whatever this is, it doesn't sound too promising. This is beyond basketball. This is about living the rest of your live at a high quality. Let's just hope that the outcome is positive.