Green, Wilcox eager
WALTHAM — Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox plan to be prepared for Celtics training camp after recovering from heart surgeries.
“We believe they will come back and be the same players they were before, even better, after what they’ve been through,” president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Saturday.
Wilcox said he has been cleared for “full contact. I can do everything, lifting weights, to a minimum. By training camp, I’ll definitely be full go. I’ve been working to get myself back and it’s been going well.
“You’ve got to re-train the whole body all over again, after a surgery like that. So, I think the main thing is cardio, so I’ve just been running, trying to get my wind up.
“This is a blessing, it’s a blessing for me to even be here right now. So, I’m just going to take advantage of all my situations and opportunities coming my way. It’s a blessing I’m able to come back and kind of pick up where I left off.”
Green missed the entire season after being diagnosed just before the opener.
“I had big hopes last year, but unfortunately I had a minor setback,” he said. “I felt I had unfinished business. I worked hard to get in shape and worked on my game to help the team; looking forward to it next year, and hopefully I can bring my energy and skill level to help the team. The last couple months this organization did everything possible to make sure I was comfortable with the procedure and the road I was heading down. It was a no-brainer to come back here.”
Green counseled Wilcox about the surgery and rehabilitation. “We became close, what we went through,” Green said. “The team supported us, made sure we’re OK, and they were going through to try to win the championship. And I feel it’s only right to come back and help them.”
Brandon Bass agreed to a contract Friday and finalized the deal the next day.
“I felt I had a good first season,” Bass said of his debut with the Celtics. “As a person, I want to improve every aspect of my life on and off court. Watching great players see how hard they work and improve, that’s how I want to improve. I’m 27 and some of my cousins say I’m getting old, but I still think I’m pretty young. And I’ve got big dreams. I want to make an imprint on a team and organization and this is the perfect team.
“I had the offers out but I knew where I wanted to be, that’s back here in a green jersey playing for the Celtics.”
“If they want me to wash the uniforms or sweep the floor, whatever role Doc [Rivers] wants me to play, I’m here to do it 100 percent and give my all,” Terry said. “That’s what I’ve [done] my whole career, whatever it takes to win, whatever puts us in the best position to win these games and win a championship, is what I’ll be doing.
“I’m just excited be part of the Boston Celtics. Obviously, the heritage and tradition, what KG [Kevin Garnett], Paul Pierce, and [Rajon] Rondo have done, and carry that on. And I think my competitive nature and championship fire and desire to win again is what is driving me.
“I knew I was going to be a free agent this summer. Watching the playoffs and seeing they were one game away, I automatically imagined myself in a Celtic uniform, and God willing it will happen pretty soon. I’m very excited and looking forward to it.
Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.