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October 13, 2012

Kevin Garnett welcomes rookies to Celtics with nicknames

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Sullinger is also enjoying his time with his new mentor. Garnett has been running a sort of big-man camp within training camp, coach Doc Rivers said, and the 2004 NBA MVP has been passing along what he knows to Sullinger and Collins as well as returnees Chris Wilcox and Brandon Bass.

“I’m a big fan of veterans ... teaching some of the young guys on work ethics, earning what you get, not just riding off potential,” Garnett said. “I’ve always been a big fan of veterans” doing that.

The Celtics returned this week from exhibitions in Milan and Istanbul and will meet the New York Knicks on Saturday night in Hartford, Conn. — their first practice game against NBA opponents.

Sullinger is trying to soak it all up.

“Being a rookie, you always have to pay homage to the veterans,” he said. “You come in, you’ve got to have a closed mouth and you play basketball.”

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