Summer notebook: Sully shapes up

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The Celtics at work during summer league practice at Rollins College.WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger trekked down to Orlando with the team's summer entry this week to continue his rehab from back surgery and while he said his only current limitation is his conditioning, he's not quite certain when he'll be medically cleared to resume contact activities.

The team, you see, is in no hurry to give him that timetable.

"They are keeping it a secret," said Sullinger.

The second-year forward said he can perform all non-contact activities and his focus now is on regaining his conditioning after being limited in the immediate aftermath of surgery. Sullinger is trying to bulk back up, all while cutting some of weight gain from the lack of conditioning activity.

"I've got to drop a couple LBs," said Sullinger. "Just get my body in shape and get my wind back. It's been a minute since I ran up and down the floor."

Sullinger had ascended to Boston's starting lineup in late January when a disc issue ended his season. He underwent surgery soon after and has been rehabbing since with the goal of being ready for training camp. Is he getting antsy to resume contact activities?

"Not really. I'm taking my time," he said. "I know it's going to be a long season, so might as well not rush it. Slow progress."

Read on for a few more notes from Saturday's media access:


It's been a whirlwind nine days since the draft for Boston's top pick, Kelly Olynyk. The team officially introduced him on Monday; he toured Fenway Park on Tuesday; and the Celtics summer squad departed for Orlando on Wednesday, practicing each of the last three days. Despite the chaos, he's enjoyed getting on the floor for his first taste of pro ball and is looking forward to game action that starts Sunday morning when the Celtics tangle with the host Magic at 11 a.m.

"It's been pretty good. Guys have come in and worked hard," Olynyk said of the summer practices. "It's been a couple days so far, and just looking to have a good day today and getting into the games."

That game action will give Olynyk a better feel for the speed change that awaits at the next level.

"We've kinda been in practice mode. We did some full-court stuff [Friday], which was good," he said. "It's just different because of the 24-second clock and everybody is quicker, faster, stronger. So the speed of the game is definitely a step up."

Olynyk shot the ball well during portions of practice on Saturday and you can see why the Celtics like his potential as a stretch 4.


While we'll tread cautiously with observations from a random summer practice, here's one thing that jumped out: Second-round draft pick Colton Iverson is in phenomenal shape and moves well for a 7-foot brick wall. The 24-year-old faces a bit of an uphill battle to make the roster due to the current logjam at the big-man spots, but he can force the issue with a strong summer.

For more on Iverson, hop HERE.


After introducing Brad Stevens as the 17th head coach of the franchise on Friday in Waltham, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and assistant general manager Mike Zarren arrived in Orlando on Saturday morning and observed practice.

Assistant coaches Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young are running the summer squad with a coaching staff that includes Joe Wolf (who had a cup of coffee with the Celtics during a 12-year pro career before serving as an assistant on Scott Skiles' staff in Milwaukee) and the team's video coordinators Kwame Graves-Fulgham and Brandon Bailey. Director of player personnel Austin Ainge, fresh off a scouting stint in Prague, is also with the summer squad as well.

Stevens, who honored a commitment at a Connersville (Ind.) parade on Saturday, was expected to join the team soon to observe summer league action.