CHICAGO: Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger spent part of his evening on Thursday meeting with Cavaliers executives. Sullinger said he didn't have his workout schedule and wasn't sure when, or if, he would work out privately for the Cavaliers.
Sullinger has clearly grown weary of all the criticisms of his game, which range from his lack of size to his inability to jump high to his weight and his overall game.
"Everybody is overanalyzing my game," Sullinger said. "I'm always the bad guy in every gym, but it is what it is. I don't mind."
Sullinger's draft stock has slipped from last season, when he was projected as perhaps a top five pick before electing to return to Ohio State for another season. His stats didn't really improve this season and in some instances went down. He doesn't understand why critics are constantly looking at his flaws and ignoring the things he does well, such as playing with his back to the basket and his ability to face up and hit jumpers.
The Cavs' contingent in Chicago consists of general manager Chris Grant, assistant GMs David Griffin and Michael Blackstone, scouting director Trent Redden, pro player personnel director Wes Wilcox and recent front office addition Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
Sullinger doesn't appear to be a fit with the Cavaliers at No. 4 and will be long gone by the time they select again at No. 24. Sullinger could go anywhere in the lottery. In addition to the Cavaliers, Sullinger has already met with the Kings, Suns, Thunder and Mavericks.
"Everybody says I can't jump. I've heard that all my life," Sullinger said. "Weight, I've heard that all my life. Lack of foot speed, I've heard that all my life. I really don't pay attention to it. There's a lot of positives I think I do, but that's not for me to discuss."