Before Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Jared Sullinger commented on his recent foot injury, as well as the need to get in better shape.
per ESPN's Chris Forsberg
A little bit of everything -- change the physique, change the way I look. That’s the biggest thing, I think. I’m tired of looking on camera and just seeing how I look, seeing how I play during extended minutes. Conditioning is going to be a big factor. Conditioning is going to be hard because all I can do is ride the bike. We’re going to find ways, we’re going to find ways to get me in the best shape possible.
Sullinger's remarks didn't go unnoticed by C's GM Danny Ainge who discussed the topic during his weekly appearance on 98.5's Toucher and Rich:
(Courtesy of Brian Robb)
One of the things I like most about Ainge, is his willingness speak the truth. In a town where Bill Belichick wouldn't even tell you what he had for breakfast, never mind talk business, Ainge isn't afraid to let you know what he's thinking.
He puts the ball in Sullinger's court and I totally agree with his comments. Sullinger is a free agent after next season and will be looking for his first lucrative NBA contract in the busy free agent summer of 2016. Investing any type of money into a guy with weight and foot issues will be an enormous concern for any GM in the league. So if he can show the commitment to his body, it will only help his game as well as his wallet. Conditioning needs to be priority one, two and three for the 22-year old.
Sullinger, who is averaging 28 minutes per game this season, can put up very respectable numbers when on the floor for an extended time. He is averaging 18.2 points and grabbing 10 rebounds per in the games where he plays 33 or more minutes.
I am someone who tries his hardest to be optimistic, so hopefully the comments from Ainge will be added motivation for Sullinger to come back next season with the mindset that he has the ability to be a fringe all-star, who can averaged 18 and 10 consistently.
Let's have faith that Sullinger does less of this:
and more of this:
Photo credit: AP Photo/Charles Krupa
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