There is career-threatening, and then there is life-threatening. For Jeff Green of the Boston Celtics, the discovery of an aortic aneurysm during a late 2011 physical may have jeopardized his basketball career, but it also potentially saved his life.
Green made a full recovery after open heart surgery, played a full season of NBA basketball last year, and will be an active participant in the Celtics’ future rebuilding efforts under new coach Brad Stevens. But not long forgotten is the toll a shocking diagnosis and invasive surgery took on Green’s psyche and body. Neither is the comeback that followed. That journey is this week’s SLAM Feature Article as told by Green to Adam Figman, and demonstrates how unwavering perseverance is the key to achieving any goal- regardless of adversity.