December 3, 2016 | 9:39 am EST Update
It can be a person, a book, a piece of clothing (is this what The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants was about?), a lucky charm — again, it can be just about anything. It can make bad times make a little more sense. This is one of those stories. This is a story about Jared Sullinger and his scooter. “I just like to scoot,” Sullinger, the injured Raptors forward, said on Thursday. “I like to scoot and annoy people. I do what I do.”
In reality, it is a product from Knee Walkers Canada. And although Sullinger was not originally thrilled by the idea of being the injured new guy riding around on a scooter, he quickly warmed to it. “Yeah, that’s pretty much all it was: having fun in a shitty situation, honestly,” Sullinger said. “It was user-friendly, pretty user-friendly. You just put your leg up and scoot and keep your balance. Don’t lean one way, or else you’re going to be flying.”
Sullinger, by nature, seems to be something of a feces-disturber. While doing the interview for this story, he repeatedly tapped Raptors travel manager Kevin DiPietro in the ribs with one of his crutches while DiPietro was trying to have a separate conversation. Sullinger enjoys — all in good fun, of course — agitating his teammates even more. He said his main targets were Patrick Patterson, Terrence Ross and Norman Powell, the players he talks to most on the team. He would scoot by them frequently, just to get reactions. Sullinger’s favourite target was Kyle Lowry, who “hated when I was just scooting around for no reason.” Lowry frequently told Sullinger to stop rolling around in his general vicinity.
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December 3, 2016 | 6:18 am EST Update
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