Originally written on Celtics Town  |  Last updated 11/18/14


The Boston Celtics filed a complaint alleging that the Oklahoma City Thunder withheld information regarding Jeff Green’s heart condition, leading to a David Stern investigation which allegedly found that OKC’s cardiologists “were in possession of information about Jeff Green that was not shared with Thunder management.” Despite claiming to find “no evidence of bad faith” by the Thunder, Stern took their 2013 second-round draft pick and gifted it to the Celtics in a maneuver for which I’m not sure there was a precedent.

The ruling raises a number of questions:

If the NBA’s claims are true, what prompted OKC’s cardiologists to keep such serious information to themselves? Why in the world wouldn’t they share their findings with Thunder management? If the Thunder didn’t withhold any information, why did the Celtics receive a pick? And if the Thunder DID withhold knowledge of Green’s life-threatening heart condition, why did the Celtics only receive a second-round pick in return? If the Thunder knew something about the heart condition but didn’t let anyone know about it, and Green only found out later when undergoing a routine physical examination with the Celtics, is it safe to say the Thunder risked Green’s life to acquire Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson? That’s how serious these charges are and why a second-round pick hardly makes any sense as compensation.

Remember what Green said shortly after he was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm which needed corrective surgery: “It’s a blessing it was found because you never know what could have happened.” And what Keyon Dooling said: “I mean, I was actually happy with the news — happy in the sense that we caught it early enough and there wasn’t any tragedy, especially with this organization. So it’s good for Jeff to take care of his health.”

Are we to think the Thunder knowingly withheld information that could have resulted in Green’s death, and were punished by losing just a friggin’ second-round pick? Are we to think OKC’s cardiologists were so incompetent that they knew something about Green’s condition and didn’t tell anyone, even Thunder management?

DAVID STERN, YOU WEASEL!!! NOTHING ABOUT THIS EXPLANATION RINGS TRUE!!

The punishment suggests the Thunder had some level of culpability, the explanation suggests they had none, and in addition we have these supposedly rogue cardiologists who reportedly knew something about Green’s condition and kept their mouths entirely shut. Then there’s the fact, sitting unspoken in the corner, that the Celtics must have given Green a physical when they initially traded for him, yet they found nothing about his heart condition then.

So where does this conversation leave us? Wondering about Oklahoma City’s trustworthiness, happy the Celtics received an additional 2013 second-round pick, still mourning for Perk, even after he was quite ineffective during OKC’s Finals run, and, primarily, confused.

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