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Rondo says Celtics were too upset over Perkins

Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:00 am
By Matt Moore

The Boston Celtics' success runs on chemistry. Versus the Heat's model of running on athleticism and swagger, or the Lakers' model of running on confidence and length, the Celtics found almost immediately after Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett arrived that they were best driven by a sense of united purpose. It helped build a family atmosphere in Boston and a closeness with the players. They weren't just teammates, they were brothers. 

You know, until Danny Ainge ditched Kendrick Perkins for a forward who doesn't rebound and Nenad Krstic who is coming to a European team near you. That didn't so much preach a sense of family to the players. And as a result, the team reacted in a devastated manner when Perkins was sent to Oklahoma City. It visibly and deeply affected them, and to assert that it was a distraction for the rest of the season is not out of line. So much so that Rajon Rondo, in an interview with Yahoo! Sports, claims that it affected the Celtics too much. 
Rondo refused to use injuries as an excuse for losing in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat. But he also believes the trade of Perkins, his closest friend on the team, affected the Celtics “more than it should have.”

“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.”
via Celtics' roster could get new look - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

While I'm sure Celtics fans would rather the team have reached this conclusion before they exploded in a blaze of sadness, in reality, Perkins wasn't what did them in against the Heat. James and Wade dropping pull-up 3-pointers wouldn't have been stopped by Perkins. They ran out of steam against a very good team with a lot of talent. But maybe that was the real cost of the Perkins trade. The Celtics needed energy, and the trade emotionally exhausted them. 

It's good that Rondo can admit that they should have moved on, but for a kid that comes off as cynical to begin with, you have to wonder just how much further down the rabbit hole this trade has sent Rondo. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:05 am

Rondo says Celtics were too upset over Perkins

I think some forget that Perkins was injured and out for a very long time. Boston did ok without him. So to blame the Perkins trade for the downfall of the Celts is absurd. There were key injuries. Shaq, Jermaine and other post players didn't work out, maybe because they are old, maybe they were hurt and not in shape. Celts ignored Kristic after he arrived. Although not spectacular, he could have given them some decent minutes if given the chance.

The Celts have to get younger. Green has a huge upside but he did not get the chance with Boston last year. Instead of cutting back Pierce and Allen's minute so they would be more rested in the playoffs, Green had to deal with playing very limited minutes, which he is not used to. I still think that this trade could work out for Boston.

Perkins is what he is: a mean, intense beast that plays tough inside. But he can't jump and is not very athletic and has had an easy job being the 5th wheel in Boston. Garnet does it all inside- Perkins grinds. When asked by OKC to do more- to be "the man" inside, Perkins flopped- he is and always will be only a solid role player. Green just might be a future star if he works hard and improves his basketball IQ.
So those of you complaining about Ainge and this trade- you are entitled to your opinion but time may prove Ainge right.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:59 pm

Rondo says Celtics were too upset over Perkins

Bostons prob wasnt the perkins trade, it was the fact that green couldnt get comfortable within the offense, we woulda lost to the heat either way, if i remember right both teams we beat the heat inthe first half of the season perkins wasnt playing, and we went 1 and 1 with perkins before the playoffs. Stop making excuses, ainge did the right thing, got youth and talent at a postion that we need it at. besides the main 4 we have nothing to offer, our bench always killed us, only time it was somewhat reliable was in 2008. Plus we cleaned up a decent amount of cap space with letting perkins go he was asking for close to 10 mill for a guy who couldnt even get 10 rebounds a game half the tme. When and if te season starts the Celtics need to jump all oer Nene ----hes got offense, defense and some toughness

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:54 am

Rondo says Celtics were too upset over Perkins

Agree with the Lakers fan below me....As a Knicks fan, I'm happy when the Celtics aren't doing great (that whole NY vs. BOS thing)...but outside of my hatred for all things Boston sports, I hate the Miami Heat even more and wanted Boston to take them out. I knew as soon as Perkins was traded, they would not have enough to beat the Heat. GREAT move by OKC though.  With the possibility of a full-season lockout, Boston's window is closing fast!! I know Ainge was planning for the future with this trade, but this team was too good and championship-worthy to be disassembled. Good move Ainge.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:05 am

Rondo says Celtics were too upset over Perkins

As a Lakers fan, I usually enjoy things going bad with the Celtics.  I have to admit though, I was bothered by the Perkins trade.  I was really hoping the Celts would smash Miami, but they totally blew-up the team's chemistry when they traded Perkins.  It's not that he's such an amazing player or anything, but he and Garnett were the emotional leaders of that team.  He gave them their defense attitude.  After he left, they were never the same team.  Good job in failing your chemistry exam Ainge.  I guess you'll have to take that class over next semester (if there is one).

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:13 am

Rondo says Celtics were too upset over Perkins

Bet you wouldn't walk up to him and call him a whiny bitch !

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:43 am

Rondo says Celtics were too upset over Perkins

Great pic!  Looks like the little whiny bitch I remember!

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