They were teammates last season, but Jared Sullinger still used to hear trash talk from Kevin Garnett all the time in practice. It toughened up Sullinger and allowed the young Celtic to understand what a legendary smack-talker he had to deal with in KG.
"Especially being the rookie, I used to get it the worst just because I was the rookie," Sullinger said. "That's how [Garnett] was raised in this league: Let the rookies know what's ahead of them. When you play against KG everyday in practice and hear what he says to you, everybody else is minor compared to him."
Sullinger didn't mind it at the time.
"I have two brothers that used to do the same thing," he said. "I'm used to being the youngest on the team, used to being the youngest in the household. I'm used to it."
That should work in Sullinger's favor tonight when the Celtics take on the Garnett's new team, the Nets. He's very likely going to hear his old teammate yapping for as long as he's out on the floor.