|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM|
Sullinger said he was playing on one leg, and if that's the case, we should expect more from the second year power forward. A lumbar disc issue forced Sullinger to undergo season-ending surgery. His history of back issues scarred other teams off, but Ainge assured us that it's all fixable in time.
"Everybody says back with a question mark, you might as well put an X through that," Sullinger said on Thursday morning at a Stay in School assembly at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena in which the Celtics honored 1,500 middle school students from Boston public schools. "Because I had surgery and I’m taking my time getting back right, it won’t be a recurring injury."
"Honestly, when I was playing, I was playing on one leg," said Sullinger. "My right leg was pretty much dead. I couldn’t push off, didn’t have any strength behind it. With the right leg being the way it was, and still being able to produce the way I did, I guess it sets a bit of a foundation, but mentally I know I can play better."
Sully surprised all of us in rookie year that was cut short. Checkout today's 'Morning Joe' for my thoughts on Sully and his second year alongside Rondo.
REHABBING WITH RONDO: Sullinger said that watching point guard Rajon Rondo rehab from ACL surgery has only given him additional motivation and a shoulder to lean on. "We talk off and on, just trying to get each other’s minds right. Situations like this, you go through it alone, it’s kinda tough. But when you have someone by your side that’s trying to get back to where they were as well, it really helps you out." As for how Rondo is doing: "Rondo's doing great," said Sullinger. "Right now he’s rehabbing, and doing what he’s supposed to."
So glad to hear that Rondo has taken Sully under his wing.