Jeff Green says ‘unity’ will be key to reaching Eastern Conference Finals
The Washington Wizards’ most recent addition, Jeff Green, is expected to bring some veteran savvy into a team still trying to find its identity after a quick exit from the postseason.
A much-improved perimeter shooter, now with championship experience after playing his first and only season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Green believes he knows what it’ll take to reach the Eastern Conference Finals, now with LeBron James out of the way.
“To get there, you have to have team unity,” Green said, according to Kendra Andrews of The Washington Post. “You need to all be on the same page. You have to sacrifice a little bit to make sure you’re doing what it takes to get the team there. I think that’s the biggest key. It’s not an individual thing … it definitely takes team effort and sacrifice out of your own game to make sure the team goes the extra mile to get there.”
The Wizards saw some division after All-Star point guard John Wall and starting center Marcin Gortat feuded over the latter’s comments after Wall’s knee injury. “Unity” will be a must if the Wizards hope to get past the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers to notch the Eastern crown.
“With the talent that’s on this team, the opportunity that is at hand and can be conquered in this Eastern Conference, I think a lot of guys are hungry to get to that point,” Green said. “Being there myself last year with Cleveland, I know it takes a lot … I felt like this team has it. I want to get back to that point and when I got the call, I felt like it was the best opportunity for me to get there.”
Green is returning to familiar grounds, having gone to school at Georgetown before being selected with the fifth overall pick in 2007, surviving through a scary health condition to make the NBA his home once again.
The experience is invaluable and one he plans to make use of with this new-look roster that boasts Dwight Howard, Austin Rivers, and rookie Troy Brown as some of the new summer additions.