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Jared Sullinger’s father: Celtics promised to acquire a center

May 12, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

Andre Drummond, Kyle Singler, Jared Sullinger Andre Drummond, Kyle Singler, Jared Sullinger

Beyond Vitor Faverani (injured midseason) and Joel Anthony (too old to fit into the Celtics’ long-term plans), Boston didn’t have a true center last season – a fact Celtics coach Brad Stevens made no effort to disguise.

Power forwards Kris Humphries, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger took turns manning the pivot, a decent stopgap for a tanking team, but not a long-term solution.

So, it’s clear the Celtics could use a center. Sullinger’s father, Satch Sullinger, explains just how big a priority that is to Boston.

Satch, via ABC 6:

“Next year, I think he’s going to get finally get to play his true position of power forward. And so, at that point, he’s going to come home and he’s going to trim down and shed some pounds, so he gets a quicker step and a little more mobility. Because they’ve kind of promised him that they’re going to get a center.”

Sullinger has played well when healthy, 13.3 points and 8.1 points per game last season. If he loses weight, that could help him avoid injury.

Getting a center – both due to him and the reverberations throughout the lineup – would help the Celtics. Enough to make the 2015 playoffs? Depends on the center.

If Boston wants to rebuild patiently with another lottery pick, a center wouldn’t be a huge priority, because missing one would serve that purpose. Perhaps, this indicates the Celtics want to win next season – but that might depend on the results of the lottery.

  1. basketballhooper1 - May 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Joel Embiid anyone?

  2. adoombray - May 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    The C’s were making the playoffs last year until the mid-season trade that got rid of Jamal Crawford. The East is a harder place to tank in than it is to win in. They really are just that one good big man away from a few years of Rondo – who, hopefully, begins to give a crap again, because he really didn’t towards the end of the season – getting his shot.

    I’m pretty sure C’s fans would crowdsource the plane ticket if Ainge sent off Jeff Green to make sure the team gets a good center…

    • TheMorningStar - May 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Do you even watch Celtic games???

      Please explain just how Rondo ‘didn’t give a crap’.

      • Kevin S. - May 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Or when Jamal Crawford played for Boston.

      • adoombray - May 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Even Bill Simmons wrote about how Rondo was basically their number one tanking asset. He really didn’t bother trying the last 10-20 games. sloppy ballhandling, terrible shot selection, Rondo sourpuss look. I saw C’s games in person as I live in Boston. Also, in regards to the Crawford, sorry, got him confused with the other J. Crawford, but go ahead and pretend like you didn’t know who i was talking about

      • TheMorningStar - May 13, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        I could care less about what Bill Simmons says, he’s a journalist pushing an agenda. Don’t tell me he wasn’t trying hard; his sloppiness and poor shooting were a direct result of the injury. He attacked the rim and rebounded like the pre-injury Rondo.

        Don’t know what you are saying about Crawford.

  3. Kevin S. - May 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Or you just get a crappy center, enabling you to keep sucking while protecting your young power forward from getting the crap beaten out of him.

  4. duhwighthoward - May 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    What an excuse! “I had to be fat to play center.” … while there are no centers in the East

    • TheMorningStar - May 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      Hibbert, Chandler, Vulkivic, Drummond, Noah, etc.

      They all PG’s in your opinion???

      • duhwighthoward - May 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        All power forwards except for Hibbert. Thanks for proving my point. :)

      • TheMorningStar - May 13, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        You really don’t watch basketball do you? If Tyson Chandler is a forward, who is playing center for the knicks?

        C’mon, now you’re just a clown.

      • mytthor - May 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Gortat, Valancuinas, Brook Lopez and Horford when healthy, Al Jefferson…

      • TheMorningStar - May 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        Yes, thank you for adding the players that i neglected to mention.

      • duhwighthoward - May 13, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        OK guys, I know those players may be listed at Center. But real NBA centers are 7 feet tall. The fact remains there are only 3 true centers in the East: Hibbert, Chandler, Gortat, and Brook Lopez (who’s always injured anyway, so he doesn’t count).

        Pretty underwhelming bunch, wouldn’t you say?

        20 years ago, Sullinger would have gone up against the likes of Parish, Ewing, Cartwright, Shaq, Daugherty, Mourning, Kevin Willis, Derrick Coleman, Rony Seikaly, and even Shawn Bradley in the East.

        And how does being fat help you play basketball again?

    • TheMorningStar - May 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      ‘Real NBA centers are 7 ft’. How about Bill Russell (6′ 9″), Wes Unseld (6′ 7″), Elvin Hayes (6′ 11″), Dave Cowens (6′ 10″)? All are HoF’ers and much better than any 7 footer today.

      Do you even watch basketball?

      • duhwighthoward - May 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Yes, I watch basketball. And I’ve never seen any of the players you just mentioned. You went back to like the peach basket days.

        Name one modern center 6’7″ who dominates the paint.

      • TheMorningStar - May 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        Uh, the 1970s wasn’t the ‘peach basket’ days.

        And just because you haven’t seen these all-time greats doesn’t lessen their impact on the game.

        Guys like Rusell and Unseld would dominant inside the paint now, as they did back then.

        Great Center position play involves way more than just height alone. Watch Kevin Love to see what i mean.

      • duhwighthoward - May 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        Kevin Love? Awesome! You continue to prove my point. He plays power forward and shoots gangs of threes!

        Gotta get fat to guard a guy like that! Right?

      • TheMorningStar - May 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        No, my point being that Love plays in the style of them old school sub 7 ft centers. Remember, there was no 3pt line until ’79.

        You realky need to watch some of those guys. Im sure youtube has them.

  5. kingperk123 - May 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Celtics draft Aaron Gordon/TJ Warren I think we would be good til summer of 2015 free agents. KEVIN LOVE ANYONE???

    • iritian - May 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      So you’re suggesting the Celtics use their first pick of the draft (which can go anywhere from 1-5) on Aaron Gordon…you’re kidding right?

  6. imakcds - May 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    I am surprised as heck that Ainge hasn’t scooped up Andrew Bynum yet!!

  7. TheMorningStar - May 12, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    This team is desperate for a defensive presence in the lane. Asik would be perfect. Of course, Morley is asking for way too much in return.

    • iritian - May 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      I can see them work out a Jeff Green and maybe one pick for Asik trade. It might sound like wishful thinking but if they manage that trade, sign a good SF ( Ariza, Deng and Hayward are all FA) and score big in the draft we could be seeing a pretty quick turnaround from this season.

      • TheMorningStar - May 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Ainge would do a Green and Bogens/2nd rd picks for Asik, but multiple 1st rd picks like Morley wanted back in December is an affirmitive NO.

  8. chiadam - May 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Reporters in Boston interview athletes’ dads now?

  9. rohlo - May 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    dont worry morey and ainge will work a trade and asik will be the celtics starting center next season…

  10. bigwii - May 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    I can see them either drafting Embiid or Vonleh depending on where they land in the lottery. Both seem pretty good and both play good defense in the post. There’s also potential for a trade, or a sign and trade, Monroe from Detroit for example.

    As good as Embiid is I really like Vonleh and the potential he has, he has a chance do be a dark horse for best player in the draft. He can play defense, he’s long, and can shoot it’ll be interesting to see what they do.

  11. gymtruthteller - May 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    They promised” Famous lies of Danny Ainge could fill a book. He’s been lying since he got here as a “GM”

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