Sullinger's back surgery should leave him with 'no limitations'

Sullinger's back surgery should leave him with 'no limitations'
February 13, 2013, 11:47 pm
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BOSTON Playing video games, catching up on movies and using Twitter have occupied most of Jared Sullinger's time since undergoing season-ending back surgery.
Other than arthritis in his wrist and a few bags under his eyes from watching too much television, Sullinger should be good to go at the start of the 2013-2014 season.
Sullinger said his back surgery should leave him with, "no limitations."
He added, "I should be good for the rest of my life."
That bodes well for the first-round pick in last June's NBA draft who was a starter at the time of his injury Jan. 30 against Sacramento.
Although he was red-flagged prior to the draft with what was considered a back issue that might cause problems at some point, Sullinger said his back had not been an issue until he experienced back spasms in the first quarter against the Kings.
Still, the need to have surgery did not come as a total shock for him.
"I didn't think it was going to come this fast," Sullinger said. "Maybe two to three years later down the line. But that's what the NBA season do to you. It's a long season; you're going to have a couple of knick-knack injuries. My knick-knack injury turned into surgery."
Sullinger said the doctors removed the herniation from his nervous system where the disc was bulging into his nervous system.
"They removed it, and placed it back," Sullinger said. "I'm just sitting around waiting for it to scar up, the disc to scar up and be in place."
In 45 games, Sullinger averaged six points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game. He was playing especially well prior to the injury, averaging seven points and 7.2 rebounds per game in the month of January.
But the 6-foot-9 rookie shows no regrets or remorse about having his season cut short.
"I'd rather have it now than later," he said. "It's a blessing now to have the back surgery early, while I'm young and muscles are still working."
But it's not as though Sullinger had much of a choice.
Although the C's looked into a number of options, surgery seemed to be the only option that made sense.
When asked whether he was surprised when the doctors told him that they think he might need surgery, Sullinger said, "they didn't come in and say, 'we think you should have surgery.' They said, 'we're going to have it.'"
Despite his desire to be out there with his teammates, Sullinger didn't need much time to embrace the idea that his season was over despite making tremendous strides as the season progressed to the point where he had emerged as arguably the Celtics' best rebounder and a player with the highest plusminus ratio on the roster.
But as good as he was as a rookie, Sullinger is convinced he'll be able to make an even bigger impact in the future.
"Long term, I think I'll come back better," Sullinger said. "With the back problems I had, I had limitations. Doctors told me with the two disks being herniated, it was only making my legs weaker. Hopefully that's a sign that I might be able to get off the ground more than two inches."