Rajon Rondo: Celtics ‘affected’ by Kendrick Perkins trade
“It wasn’t like the man passed away or something,” Rondo said. “I think we put too much emphasis on it. It’s a business. He got traded. He’s very happy where he’s at. We still talk and I’m always going to have his back. It shouldn’t have affected us the way it affected us.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: For all intensive purposes, it ended the Boston Celtics’ season.
Last February, Celtics executive Danny Ainge sent center Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Jeff Green.
In theory, it made sense. Perkins was coming off a nasty knee injury. He wanted a multi-year, big-ticket contract. And Green, a talented player, would be around long after The Big Three retired.
The reality was different, though. Perkins, even when injured, formed a large part of the Celtics’ identity as a tough, defensive-minded club.
And Perk’ did the little things: he banged, he glared, he rebounded, he blocked shots, he sometimes delivered cheap-shots, and he intimidated. In short, he did what an aging Kevin Garnett is no longer capable of.
So it didn’t matter who Ainge was getting back. And it didn’t matter that the O’Neals, Jermaine and Shaquille, never got healthy.
Boston had lost their identity, their way. It was plying the middle for an upstart Oklahoma City club.
Ainge can do his part by acquiring a body to plug-the-hole down-low. The current crop of Celtics need to forget Perk’ -if they want one final run at a championship.
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