There were initially some worries that Kendrick Perkins might not like the Shaq signing. No worries anymore, not if Perk is telling the truth at least. (Boston Globe)
“I thought it was a great pickup for what we got him for,” Perkins said by phone from Texas. “Shaq is a Hall of Famer. He can always help us. I think it was a great pickup. I am glad that he is on the team. We just got one goal, and that’s just trying to win the ring.”
Team president Danny Ainge said last week that Perkins would have to work to regain his starting spot in the lineup when he returned to full health. Perkins said he is not intimidated by that challenge.
“I don’t see it threatening me at all,” he said. “I gotta work hard. I know I gotta fight to get back to where I was. It’s no problem with me. Hard work is not a problem.”
To be honest, I don’t know why there were ever any worries. Perk is about as team-first as players come. When Rasheed Wallace occasionally played during crunch-time last season, did Perk say a word? No. When Perk doesn’t get many touches, does he complain? Never. He simply keeps a scowl on his face and keeps doing the little things that add up to Celtics wins. So I never thought the Shaq addition would rub Perk the wrong way, even if the two have been involved in some overly physical play over the years.
“We just got one goal, and that’s just trying to win the ring.” Preach on, Perk.
P.S. – Perk also discussed his rehab.
“I’ve been doing a lot of rehabbing, make sure I get my work in every day,” he said. “Make sure I keep my weight down, just taking it one day at a time. I’m walking without crutches, so that’s a plus. The swelling is my leg went down so everything’s coming around pretty quickly. Right now I can’t work out like I want to, I can’t hoop. But everything else is doing great.”
“It’s a mental thing for me,” he said. “If you are a hard worker, you are going to get back faster. I am putting all my time into my rehab.”
I didn’t expect anything less, but I still love to hear it.