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Your Morning Dump… Where the Garnett/Sullinger ticket is a winning one

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) November 7, 2012 Celtics News, The Morning Dump 8 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“I thought he did a great job,” Garnett said of Sullinger’s first start during the Celtics [team stats]’ win in Washington last Saturday. “He’s a no-nonsense guy. Not that I’m shooting down the other guys, but he’s a young fella, he comes in and does what you tell him. He’s a great rebounder. His IQ is incredible.

“He reminds me a lot of Perk, man. Not the defender Perk was, but his IQ moving the ball and being unselfish is the same.”

Sullinger learned this much — when Kevin Garnett speaks, the wisest thing to do is agree.

“It means a lot,” Sullinger said of the comparison. “First of all, it comes from Kevin. When Kevin gives anybody praise, he really likes you, I guess. It’s a blessing.

“But at the same time I have to keep working.”

Herald: Sullinger: KG praise means a lot 

Doc Rivers always says when the best player on the team is on your side, it’s a lot easier for the rest of the team to fall in line behind you.  Of course, he is talking about being the head coach when he says that, but it applies to players as well.

For Jared Sullinger, being a rookie getting used to the grind of the NBA, there’s no better man to have in your corner than Garnett.  We know about Garnett’s thermal exhaust port-sized window of opportunity afforded new players.  You basically get one chance to accept his tutelage or risk being shunned for your entire career.  Sullinger hasn’t only grasped that opportunity, he’s won KG over in unprecedented fashion.

That’s a testament to Sullinger’s abilities, hard work, and professionalism.  KG sees it, and he clearly loves it… because you don’t just get a Perk comparison in that locker room for nothing.

Garnett’s not just acceptance, but full-on embracing of Sullinger is a winning ticket (election puns!) for the Celtics in the future because KG needs to trust the people he’s playing with.  It makes his life easier for the Celtics, and for Sullinger, as they move forward.  Whether that’s with Sullinger or Brandon Bass as a starter or finisher, we’ll have to wait and see.  But it’s clear KG’s got Sullinger’s back whenever they’re out on the floor together.

I continue to be amazed by the way, and how quickly, this has progressed.  Again, that’s on Sullinger for being what he is. He was the round peg in the round hole for once in a Celtics draft.  It’s been a while since a piece fit this quickly in Boston right out of college.

Related links:  CSNNE:  Sullinger reminds Garnett of Perkins  |  WEEI:  Why Garnett comparing Sullinger to Perkins matters  |  Globe:  For Sullinger, a chance to go beyond comparisons

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Celtics starters aren’t going to bail bench out  |  For Lee, knowing role is half the battle  |  Longabardi takes defensive lapses personally  |  Does Rondo need more time to grow into leadership role?  |  ESPN Boston:  Five on fire:  KG playing with an edge  |  Will it click? Terry’s cautionary tale  |  Celtics hope help is on the way  |  Gotham talks C’s on The Herd  |  Defense still the focus  |  WEEI:  Doc:  I want Longabardi to take it personally when teams score  |  Herald:  Deep roots of defense  |  Globe:  Garnett says Celtics are a work in progress  |  MWDN:  KG wants consistency

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  • DJisintheHall

    Sullinger appears to have a nose for the ball. Something I havent seen on the Celtics in a long time.

  • Jester00

    Just have say Told ya…….saw him play almost every game at OSU his game will just keep getting better and Jeff green still sucks!

    • CelticsKid34

      i see Sully taking alotta greens minutes in the future. i think he is way to good a talent to keep on the bench for too long. yeah jGreen is a joke to me at this point. Danny Ainge is a fckin idiot. he sold this whole “i had no choice but to sign and unproven player to a 9mil/yr deal” to the fans and we seem to have just bought it up. why not just a one year deal so that if he doesnt work out we can pick someone up next year. people are looking back on his last 2 games and expecting better from him but they need to realize he has given nothing more than we have already seen. he was a preseason, 8 game wonder in that people thought that his game would transfer to the regular season but they forgot that teams actually try in regular season. sucks that we cant add him in a trade for a skilled big guy or something… cant trade him til next year but danny wouldnt trade him if his life depended on it

      • Case

        Duuude, ease up on Uncle Jeff. Terry has been just as shit. Look around the league. Derozan just got a 40-something mil deal for 4 years. Giving 36 mil to a player that was a key cog in thunder’s rise and has the athleticism to guard multiple positions is not a bad option prospectively. It’s Doc’s responsibility to make proper use of him, but you can’t blame Danny.

        And speaking of tradeability…if Green’s contract is not that bad. Lot of people are getting max contracts these days or demanded something close to it. So, if they want to trade a 9mil contract, they should be able to. Atlanta comes to mind actually.

  • JBcelticsFan

    The question is can he defend other starting PFs. If he can do that, along with his rebounding and chipping in with a few put backs then let him start. Bass can be a great offensive weapon off the bench. The starting lineup has enough scoring.

    • Ty

      Exactly, can he defend? The Celtics have been talking non-stop about deep and talented they are or how they need to improve in certain areas. The C’s need to stop talking and let their play do the talking, Show

  • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

    Hopefully Kevin Seraphin doesn’t torch them again tonite….

    Anything less than a severe beat-down of the Wiz will be disapointing.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Sully brings back memories of Adrian Dantley, except he`s clearly bigger.

    He will prove to be the undisputed “steal” of the 2012 draft!