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Perkins says playing Celtics will still be hard

Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:21 am
 


By Matt Moore


The Kendrick Perkins trade is winding up like that break-up that people never recover from for both the Celtics and Perkins. This is like "The Notebook" at this point, and Ryan Gosling is Perkins. Enjoy that image. The truth is, both the Celtics and Perkins continue to seem hurt by how the entire thing went down last February when Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers decided that Perkins' price tag in free agency would have been too high and elected to move him for Jeff Green. The move broke up a team that famously had never lost a playoff series with the starting lineup of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Perkins healthy and active. 

And from a feature Sports Illustrated did with Perkins on his return to Beantown Monday, you can tell that the whole experience still sticks with Perkins, despite the fact that he played in the Western Conference Playoffs with the Thunder last year.  
"I'm kind of nervous," Perkins said. "I don't know what to expect. It's not like I have been around the league. I came there as an 18-year-old out of high school and was a Celtic for eight years. We went through the good times, the bad times, and the city really embraced me. I got close to a lot of people in that city and it was really hard to leave.

"Going back for the first time, I don't know what to expect. My approach is I want to win the game, but at the same time it is kind of hard with so many friends on the other side. Can I really be Perk out there? Can I really play my style? [Kevin Garnett] is my mentor. Ray [Allen] and Paul [Pierce] are my friends. Doc, we have a father-son relationship. [Rajon] Rondo, we talk every day. It's going to be hard."
via Thunder center Kendrick Perkins nervously awaits return to Boston - Chris Mannix - SI.com.

It's got to be hard. Leaving people you care about is always hard. 

But... Perkins is with the Thunder now. He's got a legitimate shot at a championship. And if that happens, it should be just as special as it would have been with the Celtics (not as special as the first one he won, nothing's as special as the first). Perkins needs to let Boston go. He's likely going to play for more teams in his career and he may never get back to Boston. It was special, something to remember, to treasure. His relationship with those guys goes beyond basketball and in the offseason he can hang out with them as much as he wants. 

But Monday, it's time to block all that out and go hard. He has a professional obligation to the Thunder. His teammates are counting on him. There's a point where he just has to put his personal feelings aside and go compete. Kevin Garnett went after the Timberwolves in his first trip back as hard as you'll ever see him, popping his jersey and jawing at the same teammates who he played alongside for years. That's the reality of professional sports, as hard as that is. 

The Celtics' run with Perkins is very much over. But the Thunder believe in him. It's time he gave them the same committment mentally... and emotionally. 
Comments

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:47 am
 

Perkins says playing Celtics will still be hard

Wow I go and insult you and instead of spelling lack I spell luck.



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:42 am
 

Perkins says playing Celtics will still be hard

You probably got -2 for your grammar or luck there of.




Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:49 pm
 

Perkins says playing Celtics will still be hard

I think you were doing good until you mentioned bad officiating.  That could be it.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:48 pm
 

Perkins says playing Celtics will still be hard

On another note....How was m score -2 for that last comment?haha



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:48 pm
 

Perkins says playing Celtics will still be hard

Perkins is the furthest thing from horrible...He is a shut down defender & if it was for Dwight Howard being Dwight Howard he would get a lot more recognition for it...I feel like we (the Celtics) made that trade bcause Ainge wanted a yougn socring option figuring we wouldn't have any offense once all the big 3 went...& yes Celtics definitely would have another title on the mantle if Perkins wasn't hurt one of those years...But I feel like the reason to our poor start is not Pekins not being here...Just our players not having out legs yet because of no training camp this year, Pierce coming back from injurt, & dare I say it...OFFICIATING...If anyone watched the Knicks,Heat, & Dallas game...Even if you hate the Celtics you had to say we had some awful calls go against us...I know I know....The Celtics put themselves in situations to make games close...BUTTT when you are mkign a comeback and have to fight bad officiating...It is very demoralizing...



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:01 pm
 

Perkins says playing Celtics will still be hard

@MMA27 That sounds like something a bitter Celtics fan whose team is 4-7 would say... Considering the fact that Boston would've won the finals in 2010 had Perkins not gotten hurt in game 6 shows that you're just upset you got basically nothing for Perk since Green ended up doing nothing for Boston and he isn't even there now.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Perkins says playing Celtics will still be hard

more media hype . perkins basically sucked when he was a celtic and the fans and media all wanted him gone. so now that the team is not doing well perkins is all of a sudden the reason they are going downhill. let it go the guy is horrible.


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