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Jared Sullinger knows what it’s like when fortunes rise and fall during the NCAA tournament.
The second-year Celtics forward went 5-for-19 from the floor on the way to 13 points in his last college game, an Ohio State loss to Kansas in the 2012 Final Four.
“In the back of my phone,” Sullinger said yesterday, referencing a bit of motivation he’s retained, “Chad Fordwas on (ESPN’s) ‘First Take’ and Stephen A. Smith said, ‘I don’t know if he’s a first-rounder yet. I might not even draft him.’ It kind of reminds myself why I’m out here, what I need to do. It kind of puts fuel to the fire, so I remember two years ago when everybody said I couldn’t play in the NBA. I was too small. I wouldn’t be able to score. All that stuff. I look at those guys and I kind of laugh, but I’ve still got to prove people wrong.”
Boston Herald – Celtics Notebook: Jared Sullinger schools doubters
After having to miss the end of last season, one could only imagine Sully’s frustration, seeing his doubter’s assumptions manifested. He played small, efficient minutes his rookie year, but his injury and surgery proved guys like Steven A. Smith right. Fast forward one year, and we’ve taken a complete 180, to the point where Sullinger is considered perhaps the team’s most “untouchable” player. The only name I’ve heard that would entice C’s fans into maybe trading Sully is the guy he draws comparison too nowadays — Kevin Love. If that doesn’t put the transcendence of his game into perspective, not much will. That said, he’s still improving:
He’s averaging 12.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in 65 games this season — and he still has room for improvement.
“We started talking about that a while ago,” coach Brad Stevens said of the offseason blueprint for Sullinger. “He’s got a game plan of what he wants to do from a strength, conditioning and playing standpoint, and we’re all on board with that. We’ve already discussed that in pretty good detail with him. I think it’s most about conditioning. It’s mostly about being able to play longer stretches as effectively as possible.
I’m excited for guys like Olynyk and Sullinger to have a long summer to digest their first full NBA seasons. Playoff experience would likely benefit them greater, but for these two guys in particular — they’ll know where they need to improve at, and it’ll be addressed to a fine detail by Brad Stevens and his guys. It’d be nice to see both of them lose a little weight and gain some stamina. Although I don’t think it’s impossible to improve conditioning while maintaining size, Danny Ainge was right when admitting this team lacks a rim protector. By losing some unnecessary pounds, Sully would probably be able to add more lateral quickness and better jumping ability, though vertically, I’m not sure he’ll ever become a real defensive threat in the paint.
Page 2: Coach Scal is in Mark Jackson’s doghouse
In what’s become an increasingly dysfunctional atmosphere, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jacksonhas forced a reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Ownership and management have been strong advocates of Scalabrine and his performance on the job, sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, Warriors officials decided that as long as Jackson is the head coach, he’ll have control of his coaching staff.
Scalabrine, who joined the staff in July, was Jackson’s choice as an assistant coach. For two straight years, Jackson has had issues with assistant coaches that he hired. Michael Malone and Jackson would go weeks without speaking to each other a year ago, league sources said. Malone left Golden State to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.
I suggest reading the full Yahoo article. It explains an awkward situation in Golden State (one I wasn’t aware existed). There aren’t any specific details as to why Scal was reassigned, but the article would suggest that the issue starts and ends with Jackson’s controlling coaching style. It’s mentioned that the Warriors have no intention of letting Scal leave the team, but whenever that contract ends, who wouldn’t want to finally see him come back to Boston in an assistant coaching role? Especially if Walter McCarty was to land the B.C. head coaching job, the C’s would be looking for another player-coach type guy. On top of that, Scal would be largely familiar with the system after playing for and coaching with Ron Adams in Chicago.
Related links: McCarty candidate for BC’s head coaching job
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