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KG: Sully Reminds Me Of Perk

Post by bobheckler on Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:13 pm

I can just hear Cowen's heart going pitter-pat already... Blog NetworkRSSWEEI » Green Street »

Why Kevin Garnett comparing Jared Sullinger to Kendrick Perkins matters 11.06.12 at 5:17 pm ET

By Ben Rohrbach

It could be coincidence that Kevin Garnett compared Jared Sullinger to Kendrick Perkins three days after the rookie earned his first career NBA start for a coach who rarely even plays first-year guys, but it’s probably not.

“Jared understands what we’re doing,” said Garnett. “He’s a no-nonsense guy — not that I’m shooting anything at the other guys — but the young fella comes in, does his job and does what you tell him. He’s a great rebounder, his IQ is unbelievable, he can pass the ball and he reminds me a lot of Perk. Obviously, he’s not the defensive player that Perk was, but as far as IQ, moving the ball and being unselfish, he’s a great teammate.”

Don’t forget the Doc Rivers-ism that the Celtics never lost a playoff series with his starting five of Perkins, Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. Whether you consider Perkins overrated or not, he played a role for the Celtics: rebound, defend and finish around the basket. Sullinger fills that role.

“It means a lot, especially coming from Kevin,” said Sullinger of the comparison to Perkins. “When Kevin gives anybody praise, he really likes you, I guess, so it’s a blessing. But at the same time I’ve got to keep working. That’s pretty much my motto: Just to keep working.”

Jared Sullinger.
Over the weekend, Sullinger grabbed 14 rebounds (4 offensive) — more than any other Celtics player, including Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass, who each played more minutes. The rookie has taken 10 shots this season, all but one have come within eight feet of the basket and his only two free throws followed an offensive board. In other words, he understands his role, and if G.I. Joe taught us anything, it’s that knowing is half the battle.

“I’m not the strongest. I’m not the fastest. I’m not the most athletic,” said Sullinger, who is averaging four points and five boards in 18.7 minutes over three games. “But if I can think the game and be one step ahead of everybody else, it kind of puts you in those right positions. That’s pretty much what basketball IQ is to me.”

Sound familiar? During the 2008 title run, Perkins averaged 6.9 points — shooting 61.3 percent thanks to 95 percent of his shots coming inside 10 feet of the basket — to go along with 6.1 rebounds (1.9 offensive) in 24.5 minutes a night. More importantly, the Celtics never had to run a single play for him.

Last season, Bass averaged 5.1 shots from 16-23 feet. While he made 48 percent, almost all of them came from assists, and manufacturing shots for Bass steers the offense away from Rondo, Pierce and Garnett. Making Sullinger a starter delivers the Big Three more touches and gives the Celtics a similar scoring option to Garnett (6.0 FGA, 48 FG% from 16-23 feet in 2012) off the bench.

It took four seasons and Garnett to help Perkins find a role after entering the NBA out of high school, but Sully’s learning curve should be shorter. Even Perkins’ pal Rondo called Sullinger the smartest rookie he’s seen.

“It’s going to take time and understanding of where we’re coming from as a basketball team,” said Sully. “We’re slowly working on that. It’s not going to happen just yet, but give us about midseason, we’re going to be pretty good.”

The Celtics actively acquired players to replace Allen, but they may have lucked into the new Perkins.



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Post by cowens/oldschool on Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:16 am


KG is showing he loves/likes this kid, his work ethic, etc, but I don't see it, Perk is a Beast with bad hands and slow feet, he just mauled you all over the floor. Some think Kevin Love is the best PF in the game, I don't, but thats a closer comparison of where I hope Sully can go and ideally with better defense.


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Post by bobheckler on Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:32 am

Here's another article about Sully. Figured I'd just keep it going on this thread a little longer. I LOVE the quotes from his father, Satch Sullinger. Sully started on a team whose coach is famous for NOT starting rookies because of his father, NOT because he runs fast or jumps high. I LOVE coach's kids. I LOVE smart players. For me, you can keep the freaks, give me the Einsteins!

Jared Sullinger paid attention to dad

Teach your children

By Steve Bulpett
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Updated 19 hours ago

There is a thread that runs through any Celtics [team stats]
conversation regarding Jared Sullinger. You can ask about his low-post
offense or his rebounding or his grasp of the defense or his ability to
step out and hit the midrange jumper, and somewhere in the first
paragraph of the response there is certain to be one distinct phrase.

High basketball IQ.

Coach Doc Rivers is loath to give rookies meaningful minutes right out of the gate, but
Sullinger got the start Saturday night in Washington and went for a very
solid and complementary four points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes in
the 89-86 win.

Kevin Garnett endorsed the move, saying, “He brings a different
component, more importantly rebounding. He knows how to play without the
ball. He’s a great passer. He blends well with our starting group.”

Sullinger has earned his time by not only doing what he is told but understanding
it. And there are reasons for this. He’s got a good intellect on his
shoulders, but it probably helped that his high school coach used to
follow him home.

That would be Satch Sullinger, former mentor at Columbus Northland, one of the exemplary programs in the state of Ohio.

Father heard and read the praise for his son.

“It makes me feel like I was right on target with how I’ve been
teaching the guys to play,” said Satch, who has sent a string of players
on to collegiate success. “It makes me feel good, man. But it’s not
about me; it’s about getting guys prepared to play a game that they

As he speaks, he gathers steam.

“It all starts with character and purpose and getting your head
right,” he said. “Like, ‘I’m not getting that rebound to lead the league
in rebounding, I’m getting that rebound because the team needs that
from me to win.’ Those are two totally different frames of mind, and
when kids buy into that and get away from their goals and get into
purpose, that’s the only time it opens up their mind to really
understand the game.

“It’s, ‘How can I make this team better?’ At that point only will you
ever get an IQ. You know, anybody that’s wrapped up in themselves is
going to make a very small package.”

Step aside. Satch is on a roll, and he’s saying things every young basketball player should hear.

“Goals are self-serving,” he went on. “Purpose serves others. When we
read history, we always read about people who served others, you know
what I mean? And that’s all basketball is. The best thing you can do is
support the skills that support yours. And the only way you can do that
is to step out of yourself and become purposeful. I think that’s what
those guys with the Celtics are seeing in Jared. You can’t see the game
if you’re just wrapped up into your thing.

“I’m really proud that Jared has let me still be dad and lets me talk
to him about between the ears. You know, the most important inches on
the court are the 6 inches between your ears.”

The fear for many, if not all coaches, is they spend their time at
practice getting through to players, and once they head out the
gymnasium door there are other voices in their ears, not always with
proper perspective or even the player’s best interest in mind.

That was never a real problem for Jared Sullinger.

“I’ve always taught my players that you play the game the way you live your life,” Satch said.
“You handle your business. It’s called accountability. Like when you’re
in math class, do math, because there’s a place for math in your life.
It might not be carpentry or as a mathematician, but for example, if
Jared gets double-teamed, one pass out of a double team automatically
creates a 4-on-3 advantage for the Boston Celtics [team stats].

“So notice where the double team’s coming from so you know where to pass the ball. That’s math. That’s as simple as it can be.”

What Satch is talking about is the difference between Bill Russell
and Wilt Chamberlain, the difference between a champion and a singular

“You can go after yours,” he said, “but what does that really mean?
The worst team in America has a leading scorer and a leading rebounder.
It ain’t about that; it’s about winning. In the NBA, are you really a
superstar until you get a ring? Until you get a ring, you’re just a good
player. You’re not a superstar.”

Right now, just days into his rookie season, Jared Sullinger is a good player. And very much Satch’s kid.



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