Durant dedicates season to ex-teammate Green

Durant dedicates season to ex-teammate Green

Published Jan. 18, 2012 12:42 a.m. ET

Former Oklahoma City guard Jeff Green might not be able to take the court this season, but that doesn't mean that someone isn't doing it for him.

"I dedicate this season to him," Thunder superstar Kevin Durant said this week, reports The Daily Oklahoman. "I talk to him all the time.  He supports me. I support him."

Green, who was traded to the Boston Celtics last season as part of the Kendrick Perkins trade, received surgery on Jan. 9 to repair an aortic aneurysm and will miss the entire season.

But Durant says that Green has been a big part of his inspired play this season, one that is seeing him put up MVP-type numbers for the team with the best record in the NBA.

"Jeff is a positive person," Durant said. "No matter what, he stays positive through the toughest times.  He's still smiling and laughing and enjoying himself.

"It's tough to go through what he went through, and I pray for him every single day. But he knows that he's going to get back better and stronger. I can't wait for that day."