The Daily Ubuntu is a collection of Celtics-related news and columns from around the intarwebs, just so that you keep in touch with our favourite green team.
Today’s edition features talk about the all new Jeff Green, Fab Melo’s feelings on the court and more.
ICYMI – This morning’s last preseason game against the Sixers ended in a loss.
Check out the post-game comments if you haven’t read it yet.
“Jeff’s a lot more aggressive than I can remember,” Kevin Garnett said. “I can remember when he first got here, maybe he was just understanding his role or whatever, at times he was tentative. Now he has a different appreciation. He’s playing like it. He’s playing like he knows he’s going to be here. He knows his role and he’s aggressive. We’re going to need that from him. He has an old-school game like James Worthy and to see him back, see him refreshed, see him doing the things he loves to do. It’s good to see him back.”
The Big Ticket says it all. Green is playing up and beyond everyone’s expectations at this point, let us see him continue at this level of play in the days ahead. I’m still keen on seeing him match up against Lebron, his role could prove pivotal in that series in the postseason.
The part I enjoyed most in this article.
When asked by CLNS about the four blocks, Green said, “I had four blocks? Awesome. I told [Hawes] I was gonna get him. Him and that mullet.”
Green was in a joking mood after the game. When CLNS asked him if he felt confident in his low post defense, Green smirked and simply said, “Nope.”
Life is good when Green is a shot blocker in addition to everything else.
I’m still a little concerned about his finish though, there have been times when he attempted to finish it high off the glass (without success), evidence that he was too far away from the rim to complete his layup. Would a pull-up J be an option at that point, or perhaps better footwork to get closer?
Melo is Fab 5 of C’s future – Boston Herald
Wanting so badly to speed his acclimation to the NBA — and still very young in his basketball life after taking the game up late in Brazil and playing two years at Syracuse — he is getting winded during his brief stints, not because he is out of shape, but because of anxiety. In his desire to do well, he is wasting motion.
“I’m trying to do everything too fast,” said Melo. “I’ve just got to slow down and I’ll be good. I know what I have to do, but it’s hard because I just want to play so well and show them I’m learning.
Performance anxiety, period. He seemed to be more out of place and jittery than actually playing too fast though. Some extended minutes in the D-League will definitely give him greater exposure to pick and roll defense, rebound positioning and dare I say, post up moves even? The fadeaway airball he chucked in the Knicks game still haunts me.
That’s all for today folks, have fun and I’ll see you soon.