Re: Not Starting Green
posted at 10/24/2013 11:34 PM EDT
In response to maryngary's comment:
I don't understand what you mean by "a mental problem." He has no mental problems about running fast or jumping high or swooping in for a dunk down a vacant lane or going up and blocking the occasional shot. He had no mental problems in college collecting a degree in English at Georgetown.
Someone will need to wake up the Jolly Green Giant if you want him to play. The more I watch him the more I think it is a mental problem with Jeff. He does not move well and he gets the ball in the wrong spots and he either forces his drive or makes an unnecessary pass, or just looks lost. I was expecting much more out of him and I just do not recognize the person in Jeff Green's body. He is on his way out at this time because he leaves a coach little choice as to what to do with him. I can't wait to see a finger roll into at least three defenders that hardly reaches the goal, let along go in. It is up to Jeff.
Perhaps you mean that he's somehow mentally blocked from being able to be a player. We've heard plenty of folks say. "Green has the ability but he just doesn't, won't, can't..." If it is only in his head, that presupposes that he actually can do the things he's just not doing.
I challenge that assertion.
Have you ever seen him get a tough defensive rebound that wasn't right over his head? Have ever you seen him meaningfully organize his teammates? Or make an even slightly surprising good pass? Or post up effectively? Or take a licking and keep on ticking? Really, wouldn't he have shown this by now? Somewhere? To some extent?
The fact is that he hasn't. He was a lane runner, lob target, and spot up 3rd option shooter in freelance OKC. Here he was a 4th/5th option but because we see 6'9", run like a gazelle, jump and dunk on lobs and in transition, and adequate spot up jumper, we think, "He must be able to also do all that other basketball stuff."
Not remotely the case. In fact, that's where we get sucked in.
Whatever he can do well in basketball (quickness, speed, size, reach, timing, dunking, shooting), are mostly natural gifts or came to him instinctively and without much effort. And please don't equate with never working in a gym. Of course he's practiced basketball. So why does he too often he look like he just wandered onto the court from a volleyball match?
Other skills - ball handling, court vision, basketball IQ, creating his own shot, spatial awareness, creativity with the ball, combativeness, high motor - the inner fabric of the game, were not instinctive for him, and still aren't. Not naturally there, Green needed to work on developing them but it appears that he simply hasn't done so, otherwise we'd see it.
Instead what we're seeing in games looks like his mind/muscle memory going back to a default setting of, "Why would I need to work any harder to be able to handle, score inside, pass, see the floor, compete, lead, whatever, than I did to be 6'9", run fast, dunk and shoot jumpers?"
If he, Green himself, doesn't have the basketball sense/skill to see that something is very wrong with "his game," then what's the point of the discussion. Maybe that's what you mean by a "mental problem,"