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.

Bulpett: Ainge 'really protective' of ability to go to free agency this summer

Bulpett: Ainge 'really protective' of ability to go to free agency this summer

Steve Bulpett joins Mike Felger to weigh in on the NBA trade deadline and the lack of moves made by Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics thus far.

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

BOSTON – If you believe what Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are saying, then the former UConn star will not be on the move prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ESTtrade deadline.

Drummond, whose social media posts on Monday and later Tuesday morning only perpetuated the belief that he might be traded to Boston, addressed the trade speculation surrounding him after the Piston’s practice on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he told reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors.”

Drummond was then reminded of the eyeballs emoji he posted Tuesday morning, which came less than 24 hours after he re-tweeted Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ eyeballs emoji – a similar posting to what Thomas did around the time Boston landed Al Horford last summer.

So as fans and media tried to piece the tweets together like they were clues to a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Drummond did his best to splash cold water on the trade talk on Tuesday.

“I’m a grown man,” he said. “I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about the Pistons having conversations with several teams about all their players.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters following the team’s practice on Tuesday. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre.

Van Gundy added, “The rumors don’t mean anything to me. One of you (media) guys asked me over the weekend how far along the D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green trade for Reggie was. The first time I heard about it was when I got that text, so I would assume not that far. I usually can just laugh it off, but it gets a little annoying.”