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Doc Rivers Stands By Celtics Picking Sullinger
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 28, 2013 @ 7:29 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Rookie forward Jared Sullinger was worth the gamble, Boston coach Doc Rivers said.
The former Ohio State star was drafted by the Celtics with the No. 21 pick in the 2012 draft despite doctors figuring he’d need back surgery at some point.
“We love the pick,” Rivers said before Wednesday’s game against the Cavaliers. “Where we were at — No. 21 — we just felt at that point there was nobody better in the draft than him. If he’d have come out the year before, he’d have probably been top five.
“It was an easy pick for us. Our doctors told us at some point he was going to need surgery. But it’s not a career-ending surgery or anything like that. It’s just surgery. We were hoping it would happen in the summer time, to be quite honest, that he could get through the year. But he just didn’t. He’ll be fine next year.”
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