Jared Sullinger joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday, four days after being selected by the Celtics with the 21st pick in the first round of the NBA draft, and said he's looking forward to living his dream of playing in the NBA.
Sullinger, who wore No. 51 in college, will wear No. 7 ("My mom's birthday month") with the Celtics.
The former Ohio State standout was regarded as a lottery pick until reports came out that he had some back issues that could be degenerative.
"Medical school is over," he said. "I [couldn't] care less what people say. I know how I'm feeling. I'm feeling great. I'm just ready to play."
Sullinger insisted he played with "no pain" his last couple of seasons with the Buckeyes, but that didn't stop prospective teams from pressing him about his back.
"Everybody was asking me about it," he said. "But I laughed it off, because if you looked at me in workouts you would think, 'Oh, nothing's wrong with him.' But the MRI showed that I've got a bulging disk. But that's about it."
As for other concerns about his transition to the NBA, Sullinger is eager to prove his detractors wrong.
"Honestly, everything's been going in one year and going out the other. I hardly ever stick with what they say about me," he said. "You hear so much: He's not athletic, he's not tall enough, he's too small for his position, all that stuff. It just goes through one year and out the other. I [couldn't] care less what they say. I'm just ready to play."
Growing up, Sullinger followed all three players who would go on to form Boston's new Big Three, and he's been a fan of the team since the trio united in Boston in 2007.
"When we were growing up we loved watching Paul Pierce play," Sullinger said. "As kids, me and my brothers used to always watch Paul Pierce play basketball. And we used to always watch Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. And then when they all came to the Celtics, I was a Celtics fan. I'm not going to lie to you, I jumped on the bandwagon."
Patriots safety Duron Harmon joined the show on Monday to discuss their win over Pittsburgh in the AFCCG. Harmon was asked about his tackle on Jesse James on the half yard line, and he revealed to the guys he wasn't thinking much about it, but that the defense has wanted the chance to make a goal line stand since they did it against Cincinnati earlier in the season.
Patriots running back Dion Lewis joined the show to discuss how it feels to be headed to the Super Bowl for the first time in his career, his recovery from a serious injury in 2015, and how LeGarrette Blount fired up the sidelines by carrying half the Steelers on his back.
Glenn Ordway and Fred Smerlas talk with Cornerback Malcolm Butler in the lockerroom after the Patriots handily beat the Pittsburgh to advance to Super Bowl 51.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello to discuss life from the moment when he learned he was the American League Cy Young Award winner until the days just before spring training. Porcello explains how things have changed for him over the past few months, while offering his thoughts on Kate Upton's controversial tweets following the Cy Young announcement, and the actual voting process.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour 4. It's book review Tuesday with Kirk, Gerry, and Trenni. Dan Le Batard insinuated Boston is racist.
Hour 2. Trenni takes on Gerry. Headlines with Kirk. SNL's tribute to Obama was sad.
Hour 1. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the attention Brady's interview received. ESPN's political policy is constantly violated.
We opened the show today playing some clips of Rob Parker and Ryan Clark saying that the Patriots were cheaters. Fauria took a cue from "Angry Lou" and went ballistic. This is a MUST LISTEN.
Steelers linebacker, Bud Dupree, told reporters on Monday that their defense was caught off-guard by the Patriots up-tempo offense.
No one in New England seems to be all that keen on the Atlanta Falcons roster. So we got NFL analyst, Randy Cross, on the phone to give us a primer on the Falcons.
We check in with Super Bowl winner and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer to preview Super Bowl 51 and put the final wraps on the AFC Championship.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss Dale's premise that this is the best Patriots team of the Belichick-Brady era.
We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
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