Cup of Joe. Sullinger explains his tardiness

Good morning! Welcome to CelticsLife's morning column, Cup of Joe. Each morning we feature a few quick-hitters from the previous night; the important stuff, the not so important stuff. The weird, the wild, the in between. A nice, mindless morning column to start your day off with. So pull up a chair, grab your Morning Joe, and find out what happened last night while you were sleeping.

Sullinger late to shoot around again, explains self

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger was tardy for the team's pregame walkthrough for the second time in four days on Wednesday and did not start the team's game against the Denver Nuggets...

"It's the second time in two years, it just happens to be the second time in [four] days," Stevens said. "Again, I said it the other day, I don't think it's an issue. But he's just gotta be here. Our precedent is set."
Source: Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston

I kind of get some of the initial anger from fans and media, but at the same time, has anyone taken a look outside? Anyone had to commute in this junk? It's a freaking disaster. Social norms are breaking down. Heck, I got beast moded by a pregnant woman trying to get on the train before me. I tried to go to Hannaford's yesterday and it felt like I was on the tunnel out of D.C in 'Independence Day.'

Ya, sure, I get it twice in four days. But c'mon, guys. He's battling an aboslutely terrible commute on top of the Pats Parade. Relax.

Plus, for what it's worth, the guy seemed pretty apologetic after the game in his explanation.

The news coming out of Dallas isn't sounding good for Rajon Rondo

Mavs do not know yet whether Rajon Rondo needs surgery. His face is still too swollen for doctors to make that determination.
Source: Tim McMahon, ESPNDallas

For those who missed it, Saturday night Richard Jefferson inadvertently kneed our former All-Star point guard in the face, leaving Rondo with multiple facial fractures. I'd link to the video, but that means I'd have to watch that again, and there aint no chance I'm doing that.

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Vintage WTHHT: What the Hell Happened to... Kermit Washington

Let me start out by saying this: if you think I'm mentioning the thing that Kermit Washington is most famous for in this week's What the Hell Happened To, think again. It's not happening here. There's a very good book on it here. For a most in-depth profile of his life look no further than one of the sections here; (I'm not 1/3rd the writer David Halberstam is and reading that book is an essential for all NBA fans to understand how the game was and what it's transpired to today). All I'm here to tell you is that Kermit Washington could play basketball. And when no one else gave him a chance, the Celtics and Red Auerbach did back in 1978.

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