In my opinion, Jared Sullinger was one of the few bright spots to what was an up and down season for the Boston Celtics. As the season entered the mid-winter months, and the trade deadline approached, block buster trades were ablaze and Boston was not excluded. Rumors that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the LA Clippers, Rajon Rondo was being shipped all around the league in potential trades.
This is the NBA, especially at trade deadline time.
Jared Sullinger's name was rarely mentioned. As the Celtics Post Game Show blazed along, Sullinger was a name I mentioned as an absolute must-stay with the C's.
In Sully's contributions, prior to his season-ending back surgery, I saw a young man with a great desire to learn from the resources surrounding him in the Celtics locker room. I was totally impressed by the under-sized power forward's uncanny ability for positioning around the glass. Sullinger has great hands and feet to compensate for his not-so-great jumping ability.
It's now the off-season for the Celtics yet Jared Sullinger continues to work, giving back to the community. Friday's Boston.COM article focuses on "Sully's" involvement in the 22nd anniversary of the Boston Celtics stay in school program. According to the Globe, Sullinger joined Walter (Waltaah) McCarthy and Dana Barros as the team representatives that appeared at Northeastern's Matthews Arena.
The Boston Celtics have had a long tradition of charitable efforts in Massachusetts, New England and beyond.
Back in the 1950's thru 1970's, team patriarch, Red Auerbach instilled great civic ethics in his ball players. The dynastic Celtic-Alumnists of the Red Auerbach coached and managed teams gave back to the community and volunteered their time to work for the NBA in it's developmental stages. Selling tickets, appearing in FREE promotional basketball games to help sell out Boston Garden for Celtics games. The players and coach (Auerbach was the entire coaching staff) doubled up as scouts, ambassadors, civil rights leaders and never shied from opportunities to contribute to the community in an era where professional basketball players made less money than you or I. They didn't spend days discussing their charitable ways on ESPN. They did it quietly, because it was the right thing to do. They were led by the example of Red Auerbach and that example carries on in today's Boston Celtics.
The late Reggie Lewis was well known for his Thanksgiving Feast, feeding the poor. Lewis was a graduate of Northeastern, where this week's stay in school program was held.
In other news, Sullinger told the Globe that he does not expect any recurring injuries with his back; a good sign for C's fans.
Sullinger (pictured with McCarty above) was an active participant in those off-court activities during his first year in Boston -- and on the court he's confident he'll be even more active in year two, despite the surgery that has sidelined him since February. He hopes to be 100 percent by September or October, around the time training camp opens.
“I’ve got 10 weeks to get back to where I was or even better,” he told the Globe's Baxter Holmes on Thursday.
“Everybody says ‘back’ with a question mark, [but] you might as well put an X through that,” Sullinger continued. “Because I had surgery, I’m taking my time and getting back right. [There] won’t be no recurring injuries.”
Jared Sullinger continues to prove why he is a deserving member Boston community, on and off the court.