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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.

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.