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Jeff Green To Miss Season After Surgery

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FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2011, file photo, Jeff Green dunks during a charity basketball invitational game in Oklahoma City. The Boston Celtics announced on Saturday, Dec. 17, that Green will have heart surgery and miss the entire season. The team says Green should be able to resume his career next year. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2011, file photo, Jeff Green dunks during a charity basketball invitational game in Oklahoma City.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green will undergo surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm and will miss the entire season, the organization announced on Saturday.

The aneurysm was detected on Dec. 9 during Green’s team physical. Green, who was traded to the Celtics during last season and played in 26 games, underwent additional testing after the aneurysm was discovered. Doctors then recommended that he undergo surgery.

Cardiac specialists told Green that surgery should completely repair his condition, the team said in a statement. He is expected to be ready for the 2012-2013 season.

“While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”

The organization said they would have no further comment upon Green’s request. But Green went on Twitter to thank his fans and to announce his intention to be ready for the following season.

Before Carmelo Anthony took on the New Jersey Nets in the Knicks first preseason game he tweeted out support to Green:

Before Green was traded to the Celtics from the Oklahoma City Thunder he was averaging 15.2 points per game. His numbers dropped while with the Celtics, as did his minutes. He averaged 9.8 ppg for Boston in the second half of the season. Other players also gave their best wishes through Twitter:

 

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