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Sunday, September 11th, 2011 at 11:52 am  |  24 responses

Shaq Says He Told Danny Ainge Not to Trade Kendrick Perkins


There’s a Q+A with the Big Fella today up on NOLA.com, and in it Shaq says he told Celtics GM Danny Ainge not to do the Kendrick Perkins deal because of his own uncertain health. Here’s what he had to say: “At 39, I wasn’t mentally on the down slope. But I used to feel really terrible after scoring eight points. This ain’t me, the Diesel scoring eight points. My mind was on winning the whole thing, and we had a chance to get the second spot (in the Eastern Conference), and we ended up getting the fourth spot. I even told (Boston General Manager) Danny Ainge not to do the Kendrick Perkins deal with Oklahoma City. I told them I might not be ready, and I’m definitely not coming back. Those guys did what they’ve got to do. I wasn’t surprised; I’ve seen it before. They say all that blah, blah, but you know it’s always going to be something different.”

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  • Thomas

    I am still scratching my head over the Perkins deal. I know the big 3 down in Miami were not too mad about the trade though.

  • Heals

    I still remember Perk crying when he missed a FT after PP34 got ejected in a Bos v Indy playoff game and appreciate the role he filled throughout his tenure. However; I would’ve rather had 2 healthy arms for Rondo than Perk. Bos with Perk had reached it’s ceiling, while the trade gave Bos the opportunity to be better, but injuries created leaks in the pipe-dream and it didn’t work out…

  • TC

    As a Laker fan, I loved the trade. Perk was the guts of that team. They played so unified and committed together. They were like the ’04 Pistons-all on the same page. They were a scary bunch.

  • Chukaz

    i’m sure shaq didn’t know about the perk trade until we all did. Do you seriously think Danny Ainge was like “hey shaq i’m thinkin of trading perkins, what do you think? is that cool with you?”

  • Zabba

    Of course Shaq knew about the Perks trade. Him, Ainge and Perkins were butt buddies back then.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @Chukaz – I seriously think Danny Ainge knows more about when to be consulting his veteran players about players at their position than you do, so yeah.

  • LA Huey

    Perk was a solid role player but a lot of people talk about him like he was All-Star caliber.

  • vtrobot

    Sometimes a solid role player is all you need when the other 4 are All-stars. It’s not like they got an All-Star player in return anyway. Miss that scowl, Beast.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    People also talk about him not being an All-Star, like having a solid role player on your squad is not important.

  • jimmythesaint67

    It destroyed the BOS Chemistry and THAT’s what let MIA in and meant subsequent injuries were harder/impossible to heal .. that line about Obama stealing Rondo’s confidence with the joking to Ray et al, didn’t matter as much as RR losing his best mate on the crew. Devastated. Not playing Arroyo sealed the fate Vs MIA but it was over in March. I still haven’t heard a decent apology from Ainge or Rivers.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    While I agree that the Perkins trade did kill Boston’s chemistry, I am not going to say Perkins would have changed anything about that team losing. Perkins only added to Boston defensively, and defensively is NOT where they struggled. They were one of the elite teams in the league before the Perkins trade, despite the fact that he had only played in 12 games for them. And their defense, which Perkins supposedly makes better, was actually just as stingy with Jermaine O’neal as it was with him last season.

  • hillbilly

    That trade straight up killed the C’s, defensively. Now, who do they have down low? Nenad Kristic’s combover? A washed up Jermaine O’neal? The ghost of Kevin Garnett?
    As a lifelong UK/Celtics fan, I’d love to see Chuck Hayes rockin’ the kelly green. But, I doubt that Houston will be dumb enough to let him get away.

  • LA Huey

    Not saying that Perk’s role on the team wasn’t important. I’ll admit, the team’s chemistry and collective swagger took a huge hit but guys talk about it like Boston was a lock for a Finals return before the trade.

  • Heals

    Thanks NBK and Huey, I think Bos fans (myself included) have trouble separating Perk the person from Perk the player…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Gotta make sure the facts creep outta somewhere, don’t want people like hillbilly mugging up the collective intelligence.

  • hillbilly

    @NBK Nice try, junior. But, if you’re going to slam someone’s comment, you should at least TRY to get the vernacular right. “Mugging up”? I think you meant “mucking up”. If you’re “mugging up”, that means you’re in a staredown contest with someone. Shoulda stayed in school, son.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    its slang, like making the truth harder to find. like putting dirt in water. maybe muddying up would have made more sense to you. Mugging up is not a “staring contest,” a staring contest is a staring contest. You ever heard of muggy weather? Do you think that means god is staring at everyone? Either way, that is semantics, your comment was just flat out wrong, I didn’t want people reading it and nodding their head in agreement, like it has any semblance of truth. Someday, maybe you’ll remember that (or learn that) words in the English language is not subject to single definitions, especially for made up slang that you are trying to pass off as an actual definition. Maybe you should go back to school, or buy a dictionary.

  • hillbilly

    Or…maybe you should stop making up phony words and trying to pass them off as real. You’re saying that even if Kendrick Perkins hadn’t been traded, the C’s wouldn’t have gotten back to the Finals. Fine. That’s your opinion. But, I never said they WOULD have been back in the Finals, with or without him. (Try READING next time) My assertion was and is that trading away one of your best defensive players/enforcers just prior to the playoffs was essentially a dumb move. But, according to your pretzel logic, it makes more sense to have Nenad Krstic and a broken down Jermaine O’Neal holding down the paint…right? How old are you? Twelve?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    First of all, if you have a problem with my use of “phony words” then don’t try and come in and correct the definition, as the word is “phony” and doesn’t actually have a definition. But its hard for me to believe you actually knew it was a phony word, judging by your little remark about the definition of said phony word, and then ending your cute little comment with “shoulda (not a word either) stayed in school, son.” Your reflecting a poor ability to speak english, or lacko of education. Not onto the matter at hand, the Celtics were elite without Kendrick Perkins last season on defense. Just as elite without him, as they were with him. Their problems LAST SEASON, were offensive, and offensive alone. Your assertion, that trading Kendrick Perkins hurt the Celtics defensively, is blatantly wrong. End of story. And my age (which is irrelevant) only would reflect that I have wasted an enormous amount of time watching and studying basketball.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lack* now* – sorry typos, don’t want to confuse the “highly educated adult” who goes by hillbilly lmao

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh and they traded Perkins because they could not resign him this offseason. He had turned down the biggest extension Boston could offer, so they had to trade him if they didn’t want to lose him for nothing. Which I want to state before you say something extra ignorant.

  • LA Huey

    ^People always gloss over that fact resigning Perk looked grim. Also, you should ignore anyone that calls #5 in a Boston jersey “The ghost of Kevin Garnett” when referring to his defense. He’s obviously ignoring the fact that while KG may have lost a step he is still a very good defender and better than Perk.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Good point Huey, there was so many things wrong with his comments I overlooked that aspect. Garnett is still on of the best defensive 4 in the league

  • BostonBaller

    KG is still one of the better defenders in the L, Hulk was not an allstar but compared to a lot of pure centers he is very close. Even though he was not an allstar his defense was good and he was the muscle in the middle that deterred drivers. With KG roaming around w/ the growl and Hulk down low with the scowl it was kind of scary for teams at times. lol Shaq didn’t say Danny asked him if they should trade Perk he simply said he told them (figure of speech) not to trade Perk. I’m sure they mentioned they trade to the starters and the vets..mentioned, not asked for permission..

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