Jared Sullinger has undertaken a fairly drastic turnaround in form. At Christmas and for most of Januray, Sullinger was terrible.
Jared shot a combined 8-for-29 FG (16 points) in the final three games of the calendar year. The beginning of 2014 wasn’t much better. A 3-for-17 shooting night was followed by a 3-for-11 performance early in the month.
Weeks later, he went 0-for-5 from 3-point range during a 4-for-14 showing against the Miami HEAT. That same week he shot 3-for-10 (including 0-for-4 from behind the arc) in a loss to a Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder.
But something has changed, since that poor form Sullinger has emerged as a better player. He recorded five straight double double performances and last weekend had 31 points and 16 rebounds against Demarcus Cousins, one of the leagues best bigs.
On Monday, he was named the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week and his also heading off to New Orleans after being selected for the Rising Stars game.
So what could cause such a turnaround?
Well the 21 year old claims it was his father's doing, for swearing at him like hell fire.
“He came up and cussed me out,” Sullinger told Basketball Insiders of his father. “I was thinking he had to tell me something or he wanted me to talk about how everything was going because he seemed worried about me.
But instead the conversation just started off – well, his conversation started off – and I was just saying, ‘Yes sir. Yes sir. Yes sir.’ I was kind of in shock. He was telling me my body language sucks, my attitude sucks, I’m disrespecting the Sullinger name the way I’m acting on and off the court, and when he says off the court he means on the bench.”
“He cussed me out multiple times. Then he probably felt like he was good,” Jared added.
Sullinger's father used to be his high school coach, and still comes down to Boston a lot over the course of the season to watch his son play, becoming a regular at TD Bank in doing so.
So well done to Satch Sullinger, i'm sure a lot of Celtics fans want to thank you.