Sunday, November 20th, 2011 at 11:27 am  |  26 responses

Perkins: Celtics Trade ‘Still Hurts’

Kendrick Perkins still hasn’t gotten over being traded last season from the Celtics to Oklahoma City. He made his return to Boston last night for Rajon Rondo’s charity game at Harvard, and told the Boston Herald he’s still hurt by the way he was shipped out of town: “It still hurts that I got traded, but then the city of Oklahoma has been great to me. They’ve embraced me with open arms, and I have no complaints about the city of Oklahoma and the whole organization.” Perkins’ first visit to the Garden as a member of the Thunder would have occurred Jan. 16. Indeed, if the lockout ends, that still could be the moment when reality finally bites in a very sweet and sour way. Last night’s reception gave him a sample. “It hit me,” he said of the ovation from a crowd of approximately 1,900 that paid $50 or $100 to see some NBA players. “I was nervous at first stepping back out there, but it’s not going to be my last time coming to Boston. I was just happy to be playing in front of the fans. I never knew I missed it as much as I did until I got in there,” Perkins said. “I missed the whole city of Boston, the whole of New England, and it just felt good playing basketball here. It’s always overwhelming. You try to catch yourself from dropping a tear, but like I always say, the city has been good to me since I came into the NBA at a young age at 18. I’ll never take it for granted, and I definitely appreciate all of the support when I come back to New England. I hated to leave. God does everything for a reason, but my heart is still in Boston and New England. It was just fun to be back.”

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  • respect

    stop cryin

  • Yesse

    Get over it.

  • mike

    Always love for Perk in NE

  • http://nba.com GP23

    I think Ainge traded Perkins for a specific reason. All I can think of, is that he traded him to hopefully capture Dwight Howard in Free Agency. I don’t know… it’s just a theory.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    hey, I’m still hurting from that trade too. It tanked the season for the C’s.

  • AL

    i got over yr mom Yesse, just like the C’s dumping perk, it was hard cuz she is one of a kind

  • T-Money

    it’s funny how perks is supposed to get over it but dan gilbert has a right to b-tch about lebron leaving. just saying.

  • Heals

    It’s always easier for the group to move on after losing a brother than it is for the brother to move on without the group. Perk you’ll always have a home in Boston and fans that love your game, attitude and style…

  • Heals

    Guess Bos just found a new Big AL…

  • blackthought

    danny ainge made a lot – and i mean A LOT – of good trades 4 the c`s, but the was the lone dark star…dismateling a starting 5 that hasn`t lost a playoff series…damn….cosign GP23

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    T-Money, stop. everyone hates Dan Gilbert and sick of his act after a few days last July

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    oh it still hurts perk? you’re such a tough guy. and for the record t-money everyone hates dan gilbert too. seriously.

  • MikeC.

    The Celtics traded Perkins for one reason. Money. Perkins was going to demand a contract that wasn’t going to be in line with his production. Especially after KG, PP and Ray retire. Perkins is a very valuable piece of a championship calibre team. His contract would have been an absolute albatross on a rebuilding team.

  • rich

    MikeC well said. jeff green was a good move for the future and who knows he may actually develop some confidence in himself and play to his talent level

  • fitzy

    still hurts me too perk

  • Dwayne McClain

    Doesn’t hurt as much as getting sat on by you would.

    You got traded to a team that has a 5-7 year championship window, and arguably the best player in the game!

    Get over yourself. If OKC doesn’t win the championship next season, it will be because they have your zero production self at centre, and not Tyson Chandler like we should’ve when we had the chance to sign him.

    And ease up on Westbrook, too. He’s a better player than you ever were.

  • Bimmer

    Get over it man. Just give the Thunder your best please.

  • LA Huey

    co-sign Mike C. And I’m glad the Celtics made the trade rather than sign him to a contract he can’t match with his production and then make him out to be the bad guy.

  • Heals

    It’s clear from the comments thus far; some of us understand and appreciate just how “tight” the core of these C’s squads were, the rest of you, well who cares…

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    If you miss the Cs so much you shouldn’t have re-signed with the Thunder and rejoined for a reasonable fee as a free agent. Or made it clear he wasn’t going to demand a huge amount. When it comes down to it there’s no reason he couldn’t have gone back there.

  • Ansonpanson

    Kendrick Perkins was only ever relevant on the Celtics. Nearly a non factor for OKC

  • YoLu

    I believe in about 2 years he’ll be very happy the trade was made. Just gotta stay healthy Perk.

  • Will Lee

    why not turn down the contract from OKC and sign as veteran minimum in Boston then? cry baby

  • EtheKnickFan

    What difference does it make now? Better start lookin for a job changin smoke detector batteries sucka.

  • EtheKnickFan

    Or light bulb changer

  • EtheKnickFan

    Or ceiling painter