Satch Sullinger has been in town for about a week, and on Friday he was more than ready to prepare one of his specialties - fried catfish - for his son, Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger.

But Jared put what's good for his waistline ahead of what's good to his pallette, understanding all too well how easily the pounds can add up while he recovers from season-ending back surgery.

"I just know I'm not as active as I was before," the younger Sullinger told, and added that he has lost about 10 pounds since his Feb. 1 season-ending surgery. "Before, I could eat that food, but I was at shoot-around after that or doing my pre-game routine. But now, it's like I'm just sitting here or doing a little bit of things for rehab but it's not the same. The way my metabolism is, weight can go through the roof if I don't watch it."

Instead of preparing for games, Sullinger finds himself these days prepping for core conditioning workouts with Bryan Doo, the C's strength and conditioning coach.

Getting ready for games is not easy, but it pales in comparison to the physical challenges of rehabbing from an injury.

Regardless, Sullinger knew well before surgery that the road back to playing would be a tough one.

Questions about the durability of Sullinger's back were raised shortly before last June's NBA draft, leading to him dropping to the C's at No. 21 after spending most of last season at Ohio State widely considered a lottery (top-14) pick.

But Sullinger sees him dropping in the draft as a blessing in disguise.

"I get a chance to learn from a lot of really great players, and be part of a winning tradition," Sullinger said. "That's helped me out a lot as a rookie, and I know it'll help me later in my career."