HoopsHype Jared Sullinger rumors

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The lesson in patience should be completed by the end of the summer. By his calculations, Sullinger’s 50 percent and on target to return fully healthy before training camp. “It’s a 10-week process,” said Sullinger. “Every two weeks, we’re going to bump it up 10 percent. By September or October, I’ll be 100 percent to go full. About two weeks ago, I met with the doctor. He said it’s a full go. Our medical staff — [strength and conditioning coach] Bryan Doo, [head trainer] Ed Lacerte — we’re just taking it slow. You don’t want to go right into the pounding, so every two weeks it’s just 10 percent bumping it up.” WEEI.com

May 19, 2013 Updates

The Celtics will have one summer league entry this Year as opposed to the two teams last year they carried. Boston will play in the Orlando Summer League team but will not feature that Bradley or Jared Sullinger. Sullinger is recovering from back surgery as expected. Bradley, who has missed the past two summers with injuries, is being held out to get rest. Fab Melo and the Celtics' first-round pick will be the featured players. Boston Globe

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Boston Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger is out for the season after having back surgery on Feb. 2 to repair a lumbar disk. But he remains high in the Celtics' plans. The 6-foot-9, 260-pounder, the No. 21 overall selection in the 2012 NBA draft out of Ohio State, is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall. "We just felt that No. 1, there was nobody better than him at that point," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "If he had come out the year before, he would have been in the top five." News-Herald

March 17, 2013 Updates

Before a recent Celtics practice, Pierce says Sullinger has shown the potential to return strong. But when I suggest Sullinger has already made his mark in Boston, Pierce pushes back a little. “In this league, you’ve got to continue to make your mark,” he says. “You don’t just play a few games and then, you know, ‘Celtic for life.’ You’ve always got to prove yourself. You’ve seen a lot of good players come and go. When he comes back he’s just got to make sure he’s in the best health he can be in and continue to make his mark.” Boston Globe

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Addressing the media for the first time since back surgery cut his rookie season short on Feb. 1, Celtics forward Jared Sullinger said he has recovered nicely over the last two weeks. "I'm feeling a lot better," Sullinger said before tonight's game against Chicago. "No pain. Just taking it slow." Celtics Blog

February 4, 2013 Updates

Jared Sullinger’s back surgery was something the Celtics were hoping to put off until the summer, according to his agent, David Falk. Sullinger was flagged with back issues during an NBA pre-draft examination, causing him to drop to the Celtics with the 21st overall pick. Falk said Sullinger’s condition was corrected with Friday’s surgery, and he is expected to return to basketball activities in six months. Sullinger was examined twice by a back specialist in Philadelphia prior to the draft. “The Celtics knew when they drafted him there was a certain level of risk that required surgery, as did several other teams,” said Falk. “Some teams treated it like he was going to have a heart attack or something. [The Celtics’] Brian McKeon is one of the most confident team doctors I’ve ever dealt with. There were so secrets, nobody was trying to hide any facts. There was a possibility that he could require surgery, but the recovery time is less than an ACL.” Boston Globe

Falk said the Celtics could have delayed the surgery by giving Sullinger anti-inflammatories and treatment, but wanted to take the safer approach. “Jared’s 20 years old, to try to take a short-term risk could jeopardize his career long term. Having surgery was the most appropriate response,” Falk said. “Had he tried to continue to play and aggravate it six or eight weeks down the road, he would have missed the playoffs and the start of the season. It was a calculated decision.” Boston Globe

February 1, 2013 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced forward Jared Sullinger underwent successful lumbar disc surgery today at the New England Baptist Hospital. Surgery was performed by the medical staff at the New England Baptist Hospital which is under the direction of Celtics Team Physician, Dr. Brian McKeon. Sullinger is expected to be ready in time for training camp for the 2013-14 season. NBA.com

Sullinger's agent, David Falk, said Sullinger is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for next season's training camp. "He had (back) spasms on Wednesday night (in a home game against Sacramento), was in pain and went to the hospital," Falk told USA TODAY Sports by phone. "There were alternatives...He could've tried medication, steroids or cortisone. But he's 20 years old. We all agree that we have to look at this long term and that the benefits of fixing it now and having him come back 100 percent in training camp and being ready to go far outweighed potential short term benefits of trying him to play." USA Today Sports

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