Growing up on the glass Report: Ray one and done with Heat

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Growing up on the glass Report: Ray one and done with Heat

LAS VEGAS -- Jared Sullinger was raised on rebounding.

When most children were learning about the importance of sharing and playing well with others, he was being taught the value of crashing the boards and nabbing loose balls.

At the age of four.

My pops always told me to grab it off the boards, Sullinger told CSNNE.com at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Thats what I do.

The 6-9 forward averaged 9.2 rebounds his sophomore year at the Ohio State before being selected this summer by the Celtics with the 21st overall pick in the NBA Draft.

Sullinger averaged 8.3 rebounds a game at the Orlando Pro Summer League. With another week of summer league play coming up in Las Vegas, he's looking to improve his performance on the glass.

I played OK, he said of his Orlando performance. I could play better. I missed a lot of shots I normally make. Then Ive got to get on the offensive rebounds a little bit more and the defensive rebounds a little more. So youll probably see a little bit of that here.

Celtics Summer League head coach Tyronn Lue offered another perspective on Sullingers performance.

I thought since hes been such a great passer, we had him catching the ball on the elbow, playing away from the basket a lot, pick and pop, and stuff like that so he couldnt really get on the offensive glass, Lue said. But defensively, I thought he did a good job on the boards.

The Celtics were impressed by Sullingers rebounding skills when they drafted him. Adding another big to crash the boards should boost their roster. They were the worst rebounding team in the league last season with 38.8 per game and a differential of -4.4. They also finished last in the NBA in offensive rebounds with 7.7 per game, 6.2 less than the league-leading Chicago Bulls.

Sullingers not a sprinter by any stretch, but hes a rebounder and youve got to have the ball to run, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said on draft night. So I think thatll be important."

While Sullinger may be entering his first NBA season, the 20-year-old has been embracing rebounding for more than 15 years.

Its always a focus, he said. If you can rebound the basketball, youre always going to have a job here in the NBA. All youve got to do is rebound the basketball, and I take pride in that.

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons will retire the jersey number of former UConn star Rip Hamilton tonight, an instrumental figure in the Pistons’ success in the early 2000s that included an NBA title in 2004.
 
Although Hamilton never played for Boston, his impact can be felt within the Celtics locker room.
 
Boston’s Amir Johnson spent his first four NBA seasons as a teammate of Hamilton's in Detroit.
 
In that time, Johnson acknowledges how many of the positive things folks associate with him come from lessons he learned from Hamilton.
 
“He was so relentless when he ran,” Johnson told CSNNE.com. “I remember working out with him one summer. For him to even get his shot off, he sprints full court, goes back down shooting shots, and he just kept doing this over and over and over again, full court sprinting . . . To see that as a young kid, and at his age, just working hard like that, it was great to see.”
 
James Young grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., so he watched Hamilton’s scoring prowess up close and personal.
 
And as he continued to evolve as a player, Young would see Hamilton during the summer months while attending Hamilton’s basketball camps.
 
“I was there every year, won MVP a few times,” Young told CSNNE.com. “He’s a great guy, a great player.”
 
And, like Hamilton, Young has a lanky frame for an NBA player, which was among the many reasons Young acknowledged Hamilton as being one of his first significant basketball influences as a youth.
 
“For sure,” Young said. “His mid-range game was crazy, great shooter. He was always consistent.”
 
And that consistency has paid off in the highest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player.
 
“That’s big time,” Johnson said. “He’s a champion, great father, great baller. To have his jersey retired is an honor. To see the success he had in the league, and to see his jersey retired with the greats, it's definitely an honor. I’m glad I’ll be there to see that. Kudos to him. He’s a hard worker. Had a great career. I had my high school jersey retired, but to get your NBA jersey retired, that’s great.”
 
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA, nine of which were with the Pistons. A career 17.1 points per game score, he averaged 18.4 with Detroit and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star three times (2006-2008).
 
Although he is known as one of the greatest mid-range shooters of his era, Hamilton began to expand his range over time. During the 2005-06 season, Hamilton shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (most of them being corner 3’s), which led the NBA that season.  

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