Jeff Green is still a nice guy, but he's vowing to listen to Kevin Garnett's request that he be more of a jerk when it comes to basketball.

KG, who last night passed Allen Iverson for 17th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, liked what he saw from Green in Saturday's win in Milwaukee, and he was quoted in Sunday's Herald saying, "You know, Jeff's a really, really nice guy, and some nights, you know, you've just got to be an (expletive). You've got to be .?.?. I can't really say what I want to say, but he's got to be that."

Green laughed yesterday at Garnett's choice of words, but he gets the point.

"He just wants me to be aggressive and demand respect and attack the rim — that way of being an (expletive)," said Green before playing through a mildly sprained right ankle (he stepped on Garnett's foot while driving) and going for seven points in last night's 101-95 win over the Bulls. "He's somebody I look up to, so I take those words and I use them to help my game and move on to the next step."

It's not as if Green hasn't been told this before in his career, but, he acknowledged, "It's one thing for somebody else to say it, but for it to come from Kevin Garnett, that's different.

"It's just something I've got to do. I can't really think about it. It's got to be a part of how I play. You've just got to be aggressive, because if I'm aggressive it'll open up things for everybody else."