The shocker of yesterday’s NBA trade deadline was definitely the news that Kendrick Perkins was headed to Oklahoma City. When the news broke, we all had one of two reactions.
Reaction #1: “What the h*ll are the Celtics doing?”
Reaction #2. “D*#n, the Thunder are about to be nasty.
Because I’m different than the rest of you, I actually had both reactions. And at the same time for some reason. But my reaction isn’t what we’re here to discuss. We’re here to discuss the reactions of the Perkins’ now former teammates to the news. The tale of the reaction is a real tear-jerker. At least for the characters involved.
“It’s tough man; real tough,” Perkins said in a phone interview with CSNNE.com shortly after he was shipped off to Oklahoma City along with Nate Robinson.
“There was a lot of crying, lot of hugging going on,” said Perkins. “And a lot of it was me.”
“It’s not even about a teammate. It felt like you lost a family member today,” (Kevin) Garnett said. “Tough day.”
“The only thing is, you hope that Danny (Ainge) and Doc (Rivers) know what they’re doing,” (Paul) Pierce said. “We trust in them. It is what it is. We can’t use any excuses, cry over spilled milk. Hopefully the guys we have coming in here and understand what we’re trying to do, is championship goals.”
So not only is Danny Ainge responsible for maybe squandering away another chance for a title, he’s also responsible for making grown men cry. This whole thing may not end well for him.