Jumbo Joe's got a case of The Stupid


Jumbo Joe's got a case of The Stupid

By Justin Aucoin

Mike Milbury called it Ference-itis a brain disease in which an NHL player opens his mouth when he probably shouldnt but Joe Thorntons case of it far surpasses anything Andrew Ference ailment.

Yesterday morning, upon realizing hes been completely irrelevant in hockey in recent memory, Jumbo Joe Thornton decided to make headlines by concocting a conspiracy on why Zdeno Chara wasnt suspended for his hit on Max Pacioretty. Via the Globe & Mail:

Its just something with Boston. It just seems like they have a horseshoe. Weve seen the Milan Lucic cross-check to the head of Dominic Moore earlier, and theres no disciplinary thing. Its just something about Boston and the disciplinary process is on their side. Im not sure why that is. Im not assuming that Colins kid is on the team and thats why, but its really bizarre.

A severe case of Ference-itis and a classic case of the stupid.

Heres the Lucic-Moore incident Thornton refers to:

The angle of the camera skews where the hit landed. Cant really tell if its shoulder or head. No call on the ice. Regardless, Thort forgot about this incident.

Thornton mustve missed that play while he was choking in another playoff game. Sad. But, hes right; Bruins have a horseshoe in their pocket since Lucic didnt get suspended on that plaoh, wait Lucic did.


Or how about this incident earlier this season?

Daniel Paille got four games for that. But yep, disciplinary is definitely on Bostons side. Good call, Joe.

Really, theres no better proof of the Bruins power over the disciplinary group than oh crap

How many games did Matt Cooke get for that, Joe?

But youre right. The Bruins definitely have a horseshoe in their back pocket. At least we all know what you have shoved up your derriere.

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 


“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”