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I've long looked at Jeff Green's talent and wondered why he hasn't made the most of it. There was the heart
surgery, of course, and playing third wheel before that in OKC, but talent-wise, he has everything that Paul Pierce has -- maybe a touch less core strength but the offset is a touch more speed and agility. One of my ol' NBA heads offered an interesting hypothesis: coming up in the Princeton offense at Georgetown de-clawed him, in a way, because that offense doesn't ask any one player to dominate. It's a fit-in-and-get-along system. Green fit in and got along and he's been doing it ever since. Nothing wrong with that, but if you want him to take over at times, as the Celtics certainly could use and his talent certainly allows, he's never been conditioned to do it. I'm also a believer that you are who you are, which would mean Green's natural disposition, not his collegiate system, has made him the player he is, but when my ol' NBA heads speak, I listen and generally take their counsel into account. And I have yet to come up with a better explanation. Even if he's not comfortable dominating the ball, he could be more aggressive at times than he is.