Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 2:09 pm  |  10 responses

Kendrick Perkins Emotional About Return to Boston

Last night, when the Thunder took on the Celtics, it was not only a big win for Oklahoma City, but also a homecoming for an integral piece of Boston’s most recent title team, center Kendrick Perkins. Visibly emotional before and even during the game, Perk told Jessica Camerato of CSN New England that he was confused, and is still not fully detached from the C’s: ‘“The whole day I was confused, especially yesterday,” Perkins said following the Thunder‘s 97-88 win over the Celtics. “I really didn’t know what to expect. Mentally, I was just out of it. I didn’t know whether to shoot the ball, pass the ball, hug the guy. I didn’t know what to do. I’m just really glad it’s over. I’m just glad we play in two different conferences so I don’t have to keep going through this emotional breakdown.” [...] “No, I haven’t [emotionally detached from the Celtics],” he said prior to the game. “I’m definitely happy where I’m at, never taking that for granted. I’m definitely happy in Oklahoma. I was fortunate to leave one great situation and go to another one. But it’s a bond that you form, especially when you win a championship with guys, and also I’ve been here since a young boy at 18 all the way to the age of 26. So it’s not like a little string you cut and just say ya’ll go your separate ways and that’s just the end of it. At the end of the day, I’m happy and I’m grateful for where I’m at, but I’d be lying to you if I said it’s just a string and I’m cool, I’m not attached and stuff like that, even to the city of Boston.”‘

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    didn’t we already do this? next

  • twinparadox

    Kinda sounds like my girlfriend when we broke up…

    …who am I kidding…this sounds like ME when we broke up

  • Heals

    @twin – good stuff man. When all is said and done Perk will end up getting the best of both worlds; he’ll have been with the new3 just before they hit the wall and in OKC just as things really take off. Glad to see the mutual vibe between a city and player carried out like this in today’s sports world…

  • bike

    This is right up there with the scene where Old Yeller died.

  • J.C.

    It’s basketball, Perk. You used to go up against these guys every day in practice, you should be totally comfortable playing against them.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Reminds me of when Randy Moss was saying he missed and loved the Patriots after he got the boot, and then the Vikings sent him packing. If only the Thunder would send Perk packing so he could run home to his mama (Boston).

  • Jose

    cool to see the soft side of big Perk. . . lol. . .Its never easy making the change, but it happens. . its a business. .

  • http://www.nba.com Cheshire

    Kendrick Perkins forever KG’s b*tch…

  • Lan

    Quite a refreshing read. A strong human factor in a tough business environment.

  • china

    perk should re-sign somehow with the celtics when he has a chance, would be an awesome headline and an emotional and possibly integral piece of a big man for the future of the boston franchise?