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Sullinger on All-Star snub: 'It doesn't faze me'

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Sullinger on All-Star snub: 'It doesn't faze me'

BOSTON -- Jared Sullinger didn't find out he was not selected to the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge until he arrived at the TD Garden Wednesday night. Once the rookie learned the news, his reaction was unaffected.
"I don't care," he told CSNNE.com. "It doesn't faze me. It doesn't make me or break me."
It's not that Sullinger wouldn't have been appreciative if he made the team -- it's that he is more concerned with helping his team win over individual recognition.
Those inside the walls of the Celtics locker room, however, were surprised to hear their newly appointed starting forward was left off the roster. Sullinger is averaging 6.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game. He has recorded four double-doubles in 44 games played, and is tied for fourth among all rookies in rebounds per game.
Prior to the game against the Sacramento Kings, Sullinger and longtime friend, fellow rookie Thomas Robinson caught up at halfcourt. Robinson also did not make the Rising Stars rookie team either. Sullinger offered his advice.
"Jared said it to me, and I agree with him, we're not here for that," Thomas said. "It's a great accomplishment, but the major goal is to stay in this league. As long as I look up 10 years, 12 years from now, I could care less about a rookie game."
With those "bigger picture" attitudes, Sullinger will be looking up right next to him.

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Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team

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Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team

Veteran forward Larry Sanders, who hasn’t played since December of 2014, has taken to Twitter to get feedback on “Which team do you believe will utilize my skills the best?”

So far, it’s his last team, the Milwaukee Bucks leading, with the Celtics edging the Cavaliers for second place.  

Sanders, 27, has been away from basketball after two drug-related suspensions and issues with anxiety and depression led him to accept a buyout from the Bucks.  The 6-11 Sanders was a solid rim protector. He averaged 1.8 blocks a game in his career. Could the Celtics, with an already crowded roster, take a flyer on him as a low-cost option?