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“For sure we’re not tanking. I know that for a fact,” he said. “We don’t believe in that. Our whole squad is pretty upset about that. We’re just going to go out and play hard and we’re going to try to make the playoffs.”
“People talk about this team is not going to be very good, Jeff Green is your All-Star or your best player, it’s a sign of 0-and-82. We’ve heard it all,” he said. “We’re just going to take it personal.”
It’s like I’ve said before… the guys on this team, along with new head coach Brad Stevens, are not going to go out there and give anything less than everything they have. Everyone on this team has something to prove. And that’s not hyperbole. There isn’t a single player on this roster that doesn’t have something to prove. Stevens does too.
Personally, I love Sully’s attitude. I’d rather have a winning attitude like that on my team than someone who’s willing to toss a season aside. Give me 12 guys with Sully’s attitude and I’m happy to go to war with that.
Sullinger also said his back is fine, and now that he’s been cleared to return to full basketball activity, it looks like he can get out there and get back into some cardiovascular shape and be ready for the start of the season. In the meantime, he’s been out there all summer doing things like this while rehabbing here in Boston.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it a million times more, Jared Sullinger has everything it takes to become one of Boston’s beloved stars. This kid can take this city over if he stays healthy.
In other news, the Celtics announced their preseason schedule. It includes games in Providence and Manchester as well as a couple in Boston. They play the Nets twice (which is a coincidence, because that was set up well before “the trade”), including the last preseason game in Boston. I’d be shocked if Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett even make the trip… so if you’re thinking about spending a ton for a game like that… DON’T.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Pair with Brooklyn in Celtics’ preseason | Globe: Parish nears 60, hopes to find work before retirement | Top 10 games to watch this season | Celtics announce preseason schedule | CSNNE: Celtics announce preseason schedule | SBNation: Here’s Kelly Olynyk riding a unicorn… just because