After being compared to James Worthy earlier in the preseason by Brian Scalabrine, Jeff Green sought the approval of the man himself before he’d allow the nickname to stick according to ESPN Boston:
“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,” Green said “So Tweet it, call him, email, whatever you need to do, because I don’t want to be called that without his permission.”
Well it appears Jeff Green may have gotten Worthy’s permission last night, so chalk that up as a win for him. We’ve had a lot of bold comparisons thrown around here in Boston the past couple years but Green might be the first to have succeeded in getting an endorsement, something Greg “Bill Russell” Stiemsma and Avery “Michael Jordan” Bradley have yet to do. Being compared to an all-time great is no joke, and neither is getting anything even remotely resembling an endorsement from one. If Jeff Green can be even half the player James Worthy was Celtics fans could be in for a treat this season.