Brian Scalabrine on Perk: “That’s big news. One thing I always did when I was there, is I trusted Danny and Doc and the decisions they made and I always thought they were smarter than us and smarter than me. I will say this: As a whole our group is pretty excited about it. [Teams around the league] were excited to hear that he was gone. Truth be told, you know, moving forward and watching this team play you don’t know what’s going to happen. Obviously, we all feel like Kendrick did an unbelievable job clogging the paint up and intimidating the other team, but you never know until the playoffs come.” …
“We’ve only lost three games since Kendrick got traded. We feel like we have an unbelievable opportunity in front of us. We felt more confident that we have an opportunity.”
Rule number one of trades? When your top competition receives a surge of confidence upon hearing the news, that’s not the best sign. Ugh. That’s not to say the Celtics are ruled out of winning a title this year. Not at all. Just, ugh.
If you would rather read why the Perkins trade was a good one, instead, read this. Though I would advise you that A) Gary Dzen conveniently glosses over every bad part of the trade, B) people are still expecting Jeff Green to become something he has never been, and C) no box score statistic could properly encapsulate what Perkins meant to Boston; for more on what Perkins brought that could never be quantified, click here.