REPORT: Jared Sullinger looking to make NBA comeback

 

By: Kathryn Maloney


Sully last played high-level basketball in TBT 2018

According to a recent report from Forbes, Jared Sullinger could be back on a court near you soon.

Sully told reporter Ben Stinar that he’s attempting to make an NBA comeback in 2021. He last played high-level basketball for Carmen’s Crew in TBT 2018, averaging 20 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. The summer prior he was named to the TBT All-Tournament Team after averaging 16.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. 

 

"I feel like I've still got a lot of basketball left,” Sullinger told Forbes. “I can help a team. I feel like me being not the biggest guy but still strong enough to guard a five and be able to stretch the floor, I'm in better shape.”

Sully transitioned to coach of Carmen’s Crew in 2019, guiding the Ohio State alumni to a title. Last summer they were bounced in the first round by Illinois alumni team House of ‘Paign.

 

“Sometimes, you feel like you’re playing the game because you are so locked in mentally,” said Sullinger of his transition to coaching last summer. “You think about what lineup to play. I always go back and watch the game and critique myself on when I should have subbed or called a timeout.”

After wrapping up a legendary career at Ohio State in 2012, Sullinger was drafted 21st overall by the Celtics. He spent four seasons in Boston before signing with the Raptors as a free agent in 2016. Sully then spent the 2017-2018 season with the Shenzhen Leopards. 

While he was productive each of his five seasons in the NBA, injuries started to take a toll. As a Celtic he underwent back surgery, followed by two foot surgeries as a Raptor. 

 

"I was literally playing on one leg at times," said Sullinger. 

"I'm just looking for somebody to give me an opportunity. If I get the opportunity, I promise I will seize the moment at that moment."