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Sullinger: "with Celtic pride, you don't tank"

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Jared Sullinger went on to say, "you gotta bleed green or you might as well get out of town."

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In only one season as Kevin Garnett's understudy, Sully already understands what it's all about being a Celtic. In an interview with Yannis Koutroupis of Hoopsworld, Sullinger expanded on what his expectations are next season despite the popular opinion that the team is in rebuild mode:

"We just have to play basketball, play hard and handle our business," Sullinger said. "That's it. Everyone is counting us out, talking about how we might tank. We're competitors, we don't care about that. We just want to win basketball games.


"[Me and Coach Stevens] talked. He told me his expectations, what he wants from me and the team. He's a great guy. Also, with where he came from at Butler, raising that program to a Top 25 team the past couple of years, it's only a matter of time [until we see] what he can do with us."

During the summer league game against the Magic, you could see Sullinger being very active in the timeout huddles and yelling advice and words of encouragement from the bench. In addition to celebrating with Gino at the TD Garden, that was a regular sight with KG in his time in Boston. It's nice to see that although Garnett will be sorely missed, his influence lives on in the new generation of Celtics. Watch the video at Hoopsworld. Sully's even sporting KG's fumanchu chin.