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Jared Sullinger 'not close' to game action

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  September 30, 2013 01:30 PM

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WALTHAM – Celtics forward Jared Sullinger declined to answer questions about his impending court case Monday when players and team staff addressed reporters for media day. Sullinger was arrested on domestic violence charges Sept. 3 following an incident with his girlfriend. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 28.

“I would love to say something, but it’s a legal matter now,” said Sullinger. “When that court date comes, we’ll have a distraction that day, but for now I’m just focused on basketball.”

On the court, Sullinger is recovering after offseason back surgery. The second-year forward out of Ohio State said returning to game action was not imminent.

“Not close,” Sullinger said of his return to competitive basketball. “Being out for six months of not playing basketball is really tough. It’s been a long year for me, from playing to back surgery, just trying to get healthy from there. Everything looks perfect as of now, but still got a lot of work to do.”

Sullinger said he had no limitations on the court, that he can play at full speed, and that he’s able to take charges and do anything else he could before.

“As of right now it’s just getting in the best shape possible,” said Sullinger. “I just think it’s time, with training camp, practicing every day. Only time can tell.”

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