On Sunday at the start of the second quarter of the All-Star game, all the participants honored Hall of Famer and 11-time NBA Champion for the Boston Celtics, Bill Russell, on his 80th birthday.
A true star of the game of basketball on and off the court, it was well deserved. For the Beantown faithful, it was one of a few sore spots of this season that they are happy to move on from.
Boston is a place where fans are used to winning on every level: regular season, playoffs, championships, Hall of Fame and the list could get longer. Other than an acknowledgement of a legend’s birthday, there was no reason for the average Boston fan to tune in to this year’s All-Star game in New Orleans.
Don’t misunderstand what is being conveyed. The reason is that there were no Celtics selected to play.
With the arrival of a new coach, the uncertainty of Rondo’s return, with a lot of unproven players, and the rather disappointing dawn to their season, the C’s didn’t really expect to have a player chosen for the All-Star roster.
I’d like to mention one Celtic that made quite an impact in the first half and is primed to continue. No, I not talking about the fan favorite Kelly Olynyk, even though I think he is going to be a key player for Boston.
Not Jordan Crawford, who saw his ‘Green dreams’ derailed by a trade. Not Jeff Green , who has been plagued by irregular play so far.
I’m speaking of Jared Sullinger. Sully kind of smarted everyone with his efforts in the first half of the season. He shown that not only can he rebound with the best in the league, but he can score as well. He is almost averaging double-doubles in scoring and rebounding for the season.
In fact, in his last 5 games, Sully averages 15.6 points and 11.0 rebounds. A team that still isn’t sure where they are and where they are going, Jared Sullinger, with his stellar play thus far, is showing he may be, if not a league All-Star, at least a Boston All-Star worth mentioning.