NBA Writer Bill Doyle has a great interview with Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger in this morning's edition of the Worcester Telegram in which Sully touches on a multiplicity of topics, including his alleged back troubles, laughing at the trash talk aimed his way by veterans on opposing teams and the history and evolution of his weight, among other items:
“I was fat when I was a kid,” Sullinger admitted.
Sullinger used his weight to overpower his opponents.
“It was just my way of throwing people around,” he said. “I was just being a big bully. When I went to college, I realized I couldn't do that anymore. I had to get in shape and still be able to keep my strength. Then here (in Boston), I've got to stay in shape in order to play all these games. I finally shed all the weight.”
This article really is chock-full of interesting quotes and observations that provide some insight into what it is that makes Sullinger tick and why he may have been the steal of the draft.
Along with the aforementioned items, there's also a guest appearance by Rick Robey (at least in name, anyway), Sullinger's credit to Garnett, Bass Wilcox and Green for helping him to improve his game and then there's this interesting tidbit: over the last 10 games, Sullinger has only turned the ball over 7 times! Way to go, Rook!
You can check out the rest of Doyle's piece here. It's definitely worth the read.