Gerald Green was frustrated.
His team lost a fourth-quarter lead. He struggled with his shot (3 for 11). His coach came down hard on him.
In the first quarter, Green was chewed out by coach Doc Rivers. During a timeout with 1:51 left in the quarter, he sat at the end of the Celtics bench in frustration while Rivers talked to his team. Green had to be consoled by injured teammates Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak during the break.
Green was in no mood to talk to reporters in the locker room. Yet the 20-year-old forward stood there and patiently answered a question on how it felt to be the brunt of his coach’s anger.
“He’s the coach,” said Green. “Every coach gets on you. If the coach doesn’t get on you it means he doesn’t care about you. Doc really cares about us. He really wants us to be a good basketball team and learn from the mistakes we made. When he stops getting on us that’s when we need so start worrying.”
It may not be much, but patience is a trait Green did not show very often last year.