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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Green: 'We've just got to pray' for victims

By Greg Payne



WALTHAM, Mass. -- Jeff Green received text message after text message on his way home from practice Monday afternoon, as friends, family, and teammates checked in on his safety. It wasn't until Green arrived home a few minutes later and turned on the news and took in the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon that he understood why.

"I was on the way home. I got like 10 texts in a row and then when I got home I saw it on the news," Green said before Tuesday's practice. "That's when it really hit home."

Confusion over the initial barrage of texts quickly turned to sadness for Green, when he began to soak in what had happened at the marathon.

"I mean, it was sad to hear about what happened (Monday)," Green said. "I mean, you never think anything like that can happen. For something to happen here, right where I live, right down the street from where I live, and close to home, I mean, it's sad."

Green said it was "absolutely" the right decision for the NBA and the Celtics to cancel Tuesday's game against the Indiana Pacers, stressing the importance of safety in the aftermath of Monday's events.

"Absolutely. I mean, we've got a game (Wednesday)," Green said. "(Tuesday's) game -- everybody's got to be safe. You never know what can happen, so it was only right to do that.

"You never know what can happen. When stuff like that happens, you always think the worst, and I just want to be safe. I want everybody in the city to be safe, and I think that was the right call to cancel the game and we've just got to pray for all of the families that were involved in it and try to do the best we can to help them out."

Green, unfortunately, is no stranger to tragedies. He grew up in Maryland, not far from Washington D.C., and recalls the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, as well as the Beltway sniper attacks of 2002. During his time in Oklahoma City, he and his teammates visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum -- part of which commemorates the 1995 bombings.

"We visited there, we learned about it," Green explained. "It happened way before we got there, but you remember those times and you think about the times and all the families that went through it, and it's still sad to hear. That's innocent people, doing their normal day and their normal job and they go in and lose their life. It's tough to hear and to learn stuff about stuff like that. You've just got to try to move on and try to live your life."

As far as Boston moving on from Monday's horrific events, Green emphasized the strength of the city, while offering his own personal support, as well as the support of his team.

"I know this is a strong city," Green said. "I think we're going to do everything possible to help the victims and families and help the city come back and get back to the way it was. It's going to be tough, because I don't think the city really had anything like this happen before. Whatever we can do, whatever I can do, I'm willing to help, because it's a tough thing to get through."