Let’s just say Perk was a little upset about The-Game-That-Must-Not -Be-Named. (Sports Radio Interviews)
On how tough it was to miss game seven of the Finals (editor’s note: The-Game-That-Must-Not -Be-Named):
“Think it was probably the worst time of my life. Getting all the way to the Finals, game seven, probably the most important time and I couldn’t be a part of it. You know I had to watch from the sidelines. It was one of the most hurtful feelings. I thought it woulda been better if we woulda won. It woulda made things a whole lot better, but we didn’t and I feel like maybe if I was in there I coulda helped. It’s something that you’re gonna take probably for the rest of your life, but you gotta move on and just get ready for the next season.”
I promise you the following is a true story: Yesterday, driving to the beach with my girlfriend in Maryland, about six hours away from my house, we were listening to the new Eminem CD on my girlfriend’s iPod. I love that CD, by the way. Eminem spits hot fire. Anyway, “Not Afraid” came on, and because I had heard that song in a pump-up montage I posted before The-Game-That-Must-Not -Be-Named, all the goddamn memories came flooding back. There I was, driving to the beach next to my girlfriend on a picture-perfect day, and I was legit sad about a basketball game that happened more than a month ago. I’m telling you, being an enormous fan can be an illness. I don’t know that I’ll ever stop getting flashbacks from that day, and I don’t know whether to be proud, embarrassed or confused by that fact.
Whatever I should feel about my own feelings (that’s kind of weird to say), I’m glad Perk feels the same way I do. This Celtic bunch is a passionate crew. They desperately want to win and losing crushes them. And I love knowing that.
P.S. – Read the link above for Perk’s thoughts on the Heat. Brief preview: “It looks good on paper with Miami and stuff like that, but at the same time each team is going to come at you. You gotta be prepared. It would be nothing more than amazing for us to meet up with Miami and beat them. I think any team would love to upset them.”