|Celtics ‘disappointed to learn of the allegations’ against Jared Sullinger||09.03.13 at 2:58 pm ET|
The Celtics issued a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding Jared Sullinger‘s arrest on charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation.
“The Celtics were disappointed to learn of the allegations against Jared and are currently gathering more information on the situation, which we are taking very seriously,” the team said in the statement. “We will reserve further comment until such point that we have sufficient additional information.”
For more on Sullinger’s arrest and subsequent release on bail, click here.
|Jared Sullinger released on $5,000 bail after being charged following domestic dispute||09.03.13 at 12:25 pm ET|
Celtics forward Jared Sullinger appeared in Waltham District Court on Tuesday after being arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend during a confrontation Saturday. He was released on $5,000 cash bail.
Sullinger, wearing a gray Ohio State T-shirt, showed no emotion as the charges against him were read aloud. He was handcuffed as he sat in the docks.
The state claims Sullinger, upset after an argument over perceived infidelity, pinned his girlfriend to the bed, pushed her, grabbed her iPhone and smashed it when she attempted to call police. He was charged with assault and battery, destruction of an iPhone and intimidation of a witness.
Sullinger’s lawyer said the player had flown to Ohio for a planned visit with his parents, and when he learned that his girlfriend had called police 10 hours after the incident, he immediately flew back and turned himself in at 6 a.m. Tuesday, after meeting with his attorney an hour earlier.
Sullinger’s girlfriend attended Tuesday’s proceeding and told the judge she did not feel that she was in danger. Sullinger was told he can contact her by phone or see her with another person present.
Sullinger, who left the courthouse with his father, is due back in court Sept. 19.
|Jared Sullinger reportedly arrested following domestic dispute||09.03.13 at 8:50 am ET|
Celtics forward Jared Sullinger turned himself in to police in Waltham on Tuesday morning to answer to accusations of domestic violence over the weekend, according to a report from Fox 25 Boston.
Sullinger reportedly was arrested and charged with assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation related to an incident involving his girlfriend Saturday night. He is due in Waltham District Court later Tuesday.
Sullinger, 21, was drafted in the first round last year after a standout career at Ohio State. The 6-foot-9, 260-pounder averaged 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in a promising rookie season that was cut short after 45 games so he could have back surgery.
Check back later for more details as they become available.
|Cosmic relief: Bill Russell’s effect on Brad Stevens||08.29.13 at 11:36 am ET|
Sports Illustrated’s profile of Celtics coach Brad Stevens is fantastic for many reasons, particularly the portions about his complex defensive schemes and in-game offensive adjustments, but one cosmic detail stands above all others: Bill Russell‘s team-first philosophy had a profound effect on Stevens.
In Stevens’s first year at Butler, then assistant and future coach Todd Lickliter would introduce Stevens to Bill Russell’s book Russell Rules: 11 Lessons on Leadership from the Twentieth Century’s Greatest Winner. In it Russell sets forth the concept of “team ego,” writing, “I was the most egotistical player they would ever meet. My ego is not a personal ego, it’s a team ego. My ego demands — for myself — the success of my team.”
Stevens says, “You have a choice to make when you’re not playing: Either you’re invested and a great teammate, or you’re not. There were times, early on, where I wasn’t a great teammate. It’s a difficult concept, learning the we over me attitude. I’m glad I got to that point, because it really helped me as a coach.”
Good stuff from Sports Illustrated. Be sure to read the article in its entirety here.
|What would a full Avery Bradley season look like?||08.28.13 at 10:59 am ET|
Like so many of his Celtics teammates this season, Avery Bradley is an X Factor.
Of course, losing a game to a few teenage girls after presenting New Hampshire’s Barker-Jobin family with a new basketball court courtesy of RE/MAX of New England probably isn’t the best sign of what’s to come.
“Yeah, the girls beat me at knockout,” Bradley joked. “That’s OK, though. I’m not used to this hoop.”
Whether it was the ankle injury that delayed his rookie year, Doc Rivers‘ reluctance to “play the kids” or the shoulder injury that cut his already lockout-shortened sophomore season even shorter, leaving him sidelined until January of this past season, we’ve never seen a complete Avery Bradley season.
“Most of the time, every summer for me has just been watching film or just going to watch people play, but this whole summer I’ve bee playing every single day,” said Bradley, who has added 16 pounds of muscle to the 180-pound frame he entered the NBA with in 2010. “I think I took three weeks off. My girlfriend kept telling me, ‘You need a break; you need to rest.’ But I was so excited to get back on the court and I’ve been here in Boston for two months, working out every day for two-a-days. Me, Jared [Sullinger] and some of the younger guys.”
Bradley may now be the second most tenured Celtics player behind Rajon Rondo, but at age 22 he’s still one of those younger guys. And if he ever combines his 2011-12 offensive game — 72 percent shooting (18-25) on right corner 3-pointers and 71 assisted buckets inside of 5 feet — with the on-ball defense that earned him an Second Team All-Defense bid last season, the Celtics could stack their backcourt up against the NBA’s best.
|Jared Sullinger hopes Rajon Rondo returns by December||08.26.13 at 10:59 am ET|
Appearing on Ohio’s “Good Day Columbus,” Jared Sullinger offered a different timeline for Rajon Rondo‘s return than the one Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has stuck to since Rondo’s ACL injury.
“He’s back working out again and hopefully he’ll be back by December,” said Sullinger (h/t MassLive.com).
Both Ainge and new Celtics coach Brad Stevens have consistently indicated that Rondo is on target to be in the starting lineup when the 2013-14 NBA season begins in Toronto on Oct. 30. That isn’t out of the question, considering Rondo suffered a partial tear in his right knee on Jan. 25 and fellow guards Iman Shumpert and Ricky Rubio have returned in similar timeframes. Derrick Rose, obviously, is a different story.
Was this a slip of the tongue by Sullinger? Possibly. He’s told the media in recent months that he’s been in fairly close contact with Rondo ever since their season-ending injuries occurred less than a week apart.
As for Sullinger’s own recovery from season-ending back surgery, he sounded optimistic about his return, yet reluctant to reclaim the starting power forward position he assumed just prior to his injury.
“I’m doing great,” he added. “I work out every day, five days a week. I’m just trying to strengthen up my core and my back. That was the first month. After that, it was full go, back to working out again on the court.”
You’ve also got to love Sullinger’s reaction to the host’s mention of Kris Humphries. Just straight laughing.
|Irish Coffee: Meet the new Celtics coaching staff||08.22.13 at 12:32 pm ET|
The Celtics announced the finalization of their coaching staff for the 2013-14 NBA season, completing a two-month overhaul of the staff since trading Doc Rivers to the Clippers for an unprotected first-round pick in 2015.
The C’s surrounded coach Brad Stevens with new assistants Ron Adams, Micah Shrewsbury and Walter McCarty, who join holdovers Jamie Young and Jay Larranaga from Rivers’ staff last season.
“I am really excited about our assistant coaching staff that we have here in Boston,” said Stevens. “In this group, we have successfully assembled a passionate, intelligent, hard-working, and humble staff with a diverse set of experiences in coaching. We are all eager to get to work with this year’s team, and take great pride in being a part of the Boston Celtics organization.”
So, who exactly are these guys?
BRAD STEVENS: By all accounts, he’s a brilliant young basketball mind who led the unheralded Butler program to back-to-back NCAA title games. That much was evident in our half-hour discussion on the Green Street podcast. A calm demeanor, fierce competitive streak and in-depth statistical analysis guided his process-oriented approach that consistently produced steady improvement over the course of a season. Ever aware of the historical evidence against college coaches succeeding at the NBA level, he’s smart enough to know that what worked collegiately doesn’t necessarily translate to the pros.
“There’s a minimum level of ability that goes into making this thing successful anyway,” Stevens said last month. “All the other intangibles are certainly extremely important and maybe give you an advantage in a low possession game, so you have to have that minimum level of talent, and you coach to those intangibles the best you can.”
RON ADAMS: For the past three seasons, Adams served under former Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau on a Bulls team that generated a .683 winning percentage. A defensive guru, Adams began coaching his alma mater Fresno Pacific University before Stevens was even a zygote in 1972 and has served as an assistant on five NBA benches since 1992, providing the experience necessary after the Celtics hired a 36-year-old head coach.
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