Every offseason, Boston Celtics fans wonder whether Jared Sullinger will arrive for training camp in good shape. His trainer, John Lucas, seems to believe that will be the case this fall:

Jared Sullinger fans look forward to seeing a special season from your big man. Focus & ready. ohiostatehoops #CelticsNation #celtics
— Coach John Lucas (@CoachJohnLucas1) July 28, 2015
With Sullinger, it’s probably best to believe it when you see it. Though he has vowed to change his body before, he has never committed fully to the task. In February, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge singled out the big man as the only player on the team who hasn’t met his conditioning goals.
Still, the offseason reviews have been positive. Near the end of June, Sullinger revealed to the Boston Globe he is working out with Lucas in Houston. A few weeks later, head coach Brad Stevens said he has heard optimistic reports about his power forward’s work. Lucas has tweeted pictures of Sullinger running outside in 96-degree heat and apparently finishing (or starting) a boxing workout.
Sullinger, 23, averaged 13.3 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, but failed to show much improvement after a promising second campaign. The Ohio State product’s year was interrupted in February by a stress fracture in his right foot — the second serious injury of his short career, and another sign he could need to lose weight or risk continued health problems.
Is Sullinger losing weight? Well, it’s August, which means NBA fans are starved for information and might be itching to judge for themselves:

S/O to @Jared_Sully0 for coming thru yesterday with the #HvilleNupes. Cool guy. #Hville20 VIP Summer Jam Day Party pic.twitter.com/CgHDeiedXb
— H’ville (TN) Alumni (@HvilleNupes) August 2, 2015
Be careful when judging photos, of course, but cautious optimism might be warranted after the early reviews on Sullinger’s summer.

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