Jeff Green: I Was Overshadowed by Durant and Westbrook, I Can Really Play

If and when the NBA settles their obnoxious labor dispute, Jeff Green has some business to take care of.  Green was one of the main pieces in the surprising Kendrick Perkins deal the Celtics put together last season.  Boston gave up a talented young player but hoped bringing one in would help ease the worries of Celtics fans.  Green contributed some quality minutes off the bench, but was not exactly what you would call a difference-maker.  When play resumes, he hopes to change that.

“Yeah, man, you know a lot of people don’t know what I can really do,” Green told the Boston Herald on Wednesday. “In Oklahoma, I was kind of overshadowed by Kevin (Durant) and the way Russell (Westbrook) picked up, but, excuse my language, I can really (expletive) play. I can really play this game, man.”

When you have one guy who is capable of doing this and another who thinks he’s the best player on the floor, it is certainly easy to be overshadowed.  With the Celtics roster aging rapidly and the Big Three entering the final year(s) of their careers, Boston needs Green to step up and be more than just a role player — assuming they resign him as a restricted free agent.

“I had some good meetings with (coach) Doc (Rivers) before the lockout, and I’ve been talking to (Paul Pierce) and Ray (Allen),” Green said. “Next year they’re really going to allow me to play, and I think that’s what I need. I need to go out there and just play. Sometimes I think too much, but I just need to go out there and play the game. I’ve got great confidence in myself, but things were a little difficult last year.”

If he’s using Durant and Westbrook as an excuse in Oklahoma City, he should use Pierce, Garnett, and Allen as motivation in Boston.  Their leadership and experience can only help a player like Green, and they won’t be around much longer.  The former Hoya has a great opportunity and great situation in Boston.  Now, he just has to cash in.

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Kevin Durant Growing Tired of Lockout, Getting Ready to Play Overseas

When the NBA’s best players start talking about playing overseas, it may be time to officially start worrying about the lockout.  As far as the public is concerned, there has been little to no progress made with the labor negotiations between the NBA and NBA Players Association.  Players have found a variety of activities to keep themselves occupied while David Stern continues to insult everyone.  Kevin Durant, who has been a big advocate of the players not getting cheated with the new deal, says he is almost ready to take his game overseas.

“I know it’s not a good one,” Durant said of the NBA’s proposal according to Yahoo! Sports. “It’s not the one that we want. …If it’s not a good deal, I don’t see why we should take it, especially this late.

“I’m right on the fence with playing overseas and I’m about to jump over.”

To this point Durant has only turned to flag football to keep himself busy during the lockout.  Obviously he could be completely bluffing and doing his best to nudge the talks in the right direction, but it would not be good for the NBA to have its best players signing contracts in Europe.  As Durant has already stated, the pickup games are getting old.  If a deal is not going to be reached and the season cannot be saved, players want to be able to join a legitimate league and play competitively to stay sharp.  With each day that passes, a shortened NBA season starts to look more and more like no NBA season.

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LeBron James and Kevin Durant to Play in Flag Football

LeBron James is finally getting his wish. After months of flirting with resuming his football career, which, you know, ended in high school, LeBron will finally play in a real game. Sort of.

James tweeted Thursday that on November 30th, Team LeBron James will face Team Kevin Durant in a flag football game.

This game has been in the works since October when Durant played for an Oklahoma State fraternity in an intramural flag football game. LeBron was jealous of Durant’s fun and issued a challenge. KD has accepted, and they have organized the game.

LeBron just better make sure the rules involve two halves of football, instead of four quarters.

Kevin Durant, Others Say Kobe Would Beat LeBron One-On-One (Video)

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are both pretty good.  Any argument about which player is the best in the NBA would likely result in blue faces.  However, it is interesting to see that there seems to be a general consensus among NBA players that Kobe is the better one-on-one player.  Check out this video of Kevin Durant and other players — with the exception of John Wall — saying they think Kobe would take LeBron in a one-on-one matchup, courtesy of the LA Times:

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Kevin Durant Plays IM Flag Football Game, Gets Challenged by LeBron

Kevin Durant continued to make awesome use of his time off during the lockout by playing in an intramural flag football game at Oklahoma State University Monday. He talked about having such a good time, that LeBron James was jealous and challenged him to a game.

Durant said he was bored and looking to play in a flag football game in Oklahoma City Monday. He was invited to a game in Stillwater and actually showed up to play in a game at Oklahoma State University. Durant bragged about throwing for four touchdowns and grabbing three interceptions on defense. Here’s a video of Durant playing, along with the story of how it unfolded:

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Kevin Durant Addresses His Tattoos, Bulls Hat, and Rooting Against Oklahoma

Kevin Durant has been the focus of several semi-controversies recently. In a video put together by his representatives, he addressed all three of them.

Two of the items have been brought up here at LBS over the past few months. One was Kevin Durant’s tattoos that caught the sports world by surprise. In the video, Durant explains that he has always enjoyed tattoos and that he always planned to get them. He says all of them have significant personal meaning, and that one day he will get his arms tattooed, against his mother’s wishes. Durant is saving the space on his arms for his family and children when he gets married.

Secondly, Durant talked about wearing a Chicago Bulls hat recently. Durant explained why he wore the hat in a matter-of-fact manner. “People don’t wear hats because of the team they like; they wear the hats because they look good,” Durant stated. “That’s the only hat that I had that day.”

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Kevin Durant Thinks Exhibition Games are Starting to Get Played Out

Kevin DurantKevin Durant has been one of the stars of the offseason, building his brand and increasing his fan appeal by playing in exhibition games all over the country. The Thunder star lit up Rucker Park in August, played against LeBron and Melo in Baltimore, and beat the Drew League in the Capital Punishment game. A rematch of the Goodman League-Drew League game is scheduled for October 9th in LA, and Drew League representative Brandon Jennings reached out to Durant to make sure he would be there.

“Hope you ready for that rematch on the 9th in LA. Welcome to the Westside,” Jennings wrote to Durant on Twitter.

“Yeah I am,” Durant replied, “But on da real..all these game are starting to get played out. But I’m ready for the rematch.”

The tweet from Durant may not seem like much, but there are some important takeaways. Durant has been one of the most active players during the summer and thinks the exhibitions are getting old. That’s not a good sign for the players. NBA training camps have been canceled, as have some preseason games. This would be the time players are gearing up for the season to begin. Just a simple tweet like that makes it pretty clear that some players are eager to get back to meaningful games. They better not let the owners know that, because they don’t want anything hurting their position in negotiations.

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