Jeff Green was videotaped roller skating on an indoor icing rink Sunday while the Cleveland Cavaliers had an off day at practice.
That should have been a cause for concern considering that he’s nursing a bad back, which kept him away for a couple of games.
However, the 6-9 forward is reportedly showing signs of improvement and has been cleared to shoot with the team.
However, Cleveland.com said in a report that the training personnel was more concerned about his recovery, which appears to be on target.
The alleged source claimed that skating is a relatively easy activity which won’t aggravate his conditions unless he falls on his back. Green was told to rest at least five games in order to rest his back.
Green did not play in the Cavs win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday. Lebron James, the one who videotaped Green while roller skating, scored 31 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists.
J.R. Smith, who joined both Green and James on the skating rink did not score any point in the game but handed out three assists.
Tristan Thompson also didn’t play after injuring his right ankle during the loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. But former Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance stepped up big as he scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds while holding his own against the imposing big men of Detroit, Blake Griffin, and Andre Drummond.
The Cavaliers also recalled Ante Zizic to throw some big body out there on the floor. James said they will have to rebound by committee as the team will inevitably go small in most games. “We’re already not the biggest team in the league,” he said. “We lose another one of our bigs, so without our starting frontcourt, 4 and 5, it’s going to be even more challenging for us to rebound.”