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.
Thank u everyone for ur thoughts and prayers…much appreciated love u all..and I’ll be back soon stronger and better than ever I promise
— jeff (@unclejeffgreen) December 17, 2011
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:
Good luck to Jeff Green, having surgery to correct an aortic aneurysm. Come back strong next year! Good luck.
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) December 17, 2011
Praying for Jeff Green as he goes thru surgery. . Hope you make it back stronger bro.
— Baron Davis (@Baron_Davis) December 17, 2011