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Celtics' core pushes back

Jeff Green, teammates bristle at suggestion team will endure rebuilding pains

Updated: July 10, 2013, 11:20 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Even before the walls started getting knocked down around them, the younger players of the Boston Celtics had banded together.

There was an immediate connection last season between the likes of Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger, and a sense that they were the future of the team. This summer, they've watched their coach move on for a glitzier opportunity out west and seen veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the faces of the franchise, ...

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