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Jeff Green is drawing comparison to Hall of Famer James Worthy.BOSTON -- Celtics forward Jeff Green is flattered by comparisons to Hall of Famer James Worthy, but if they're going to continue, he prefers to get permission directly from the Laker legend.
"Put this Tweet out to James Worthy -- he has Twitter," said Green. "I'm not doing it. Who runs the Boston Celtics' Twitter? ... I cannot be called the great James Worthy without his permission. I'm dead serious. I want you to put that Tweet out. I do not want to be called James Worthy. Get video, I don't care."
Informed the Worthy comparisons were launched by former Celtic Brian Scalabrine doing analysis for Comcast SportsNet on Boston's overseas games, Green reaffirmed his need for permission.
"I've got a message for Scal: You have to ask the great James Worthy if I'm able to have that nickname of James Worthy, because that's a top 50 [player], one of the greatest players to ever play this game, and for me to be called that, it's an honor, but you have to ask his permission," said Green. "So Tweet it, call him, email, whatever you need to do, because I don't want to be called that without his permission."
Green is averaging 13.4 points and 3.4 rebounds over 26 minutes per game this preseason. After sitting out all of last season while undergoing surgery for an aortic aneurysm, the Celtics have high hopes for him as a top reserve (and potential game-closer). Green signed a four-year, $36 million deal this offseason to return to Boston.
So will we be calling him "Big Game" Green? The first step, evidently, is simply getting Worthy to, um, Green-light it.
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