A new video on Celtics.com gives a behind-the-scenes look into Jared Sullinger’s back injury and ongoing recovery. The concerns that caused Sullinger to fall out of the lottery came to a head on January 30th when Sullinger’s back forced him from the game against Sacramento:
“Couldn’t sit up, couldn’t stand, could barely walk,” Sullinger said. “I was just like a frozen bear.”
That analogy is oozing with KG’s influence, as is Sullinger’s message to his doubters:
“They made a mistake, I think,” he said. “My ability to rebound, shoot the basketball and just give my body to the team by taking charges or diving on loose balls–I’m a glue guy, in my eye,m and they missed out. But at the same time it’s a blessing to be here, so I hope they enjoy their journey because I’m enjoying mine.”
Sullinger even keeps a recording of Stephen A. Smith saying he wouldn’t touch Sullinger in the draft as motivation:
“My dad has a recorded ESPN First Take. You’ve got Stephen A. Smith telling me, or telling people, that he wouldn’t take me first round, second round … I wasn’t good enough to play in the NBA,” said Sullinger. “And to be starting sometimes next to Kevin Garnett, and then playing major minutes, I thought that was a sign that I can play in this league.”
Be sure to check out the full video for more insight into Sullinger and his ongoing recovery, it’s definitely worth eight minutes of your time.
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