Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sully Holds Court On Weight, Alleged Back Issues & Laughing At Veterans' Trash Talk

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.


  1. A lot of fans clamoring for Sully to start. I personally think he is perfect as a bench player. Will be interesting to see how this unfolds as far as trades etc.

    1. I agree completely. I love Sully off the bench. I think he's too much of a handful for second teamers after Garnett hits the bench. And, even though I hear a lot of fans are killing Bass these days, I think he's a starter for us. I really am hoping that Danny leaves things status quo and lets the trade deadline pass. There will be free agent cuts that we can sign that won't mess with the current chemistry. Sully's a keeper.

    2. I like Bass as well. Despite his scoring struggles, he always seems to still come-up with the big rebound or dunk that locks-up a win.

    3. Exactly! And, you know...sooner or later, that jumper's coming back. I know some people might want to hurt me for saying this this, but when he gets that characteristic deep-knee-bend on those jumpers, you expect them to go in almost as frequently as you do KG's J's.