Kendrick Perkins reacts to Celtics offseason

Kendrick Perkins reacts to Celtics offseason
July 6, 2013, 2:45 pm
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In 2011 Kendrick Perkins was the first member of the Boston Celtics championship-winning starting five to leave the team. Since he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Ray Allen signed with the Miami Heat last summer and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will be dealt to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving Rajon Rondo as the only remaining starter from the 2008 squad.

This week Perkins hosted a charity golf tournament in Edmond, Oklahoma to raise money for tornado victims. During that event he reacted to the changes on his former team.

"As far as with (Kevin Garnett) and Paul (Pierce) I wish the best for them," Perkins told NewsOK.com, "I've got a lot of love for them, so I'm glad they were able at this stage of their career to get into another great situation to try a win the championship."

It will be an adjustment for Perkins to see Pierce and Garnett donning new uniforms. He played over seven seasons with Pierce and more than three with Garnett on the Celtics.

“It's going to be weird," said Perkins. "I'm just excited to see how they're going to play. You've got a nice starting five over there in New Jersey with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. I mean, you look at it on paper, it's just if they're going to gel together?"

When Perkins returns to the TD Garden next season there will be very few familiar faces left on the home team, including the head coach. The Celtics hired Brad Stevens after Doc Rivers was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers last month.

"As far as with Doc, it's kind of scary going against him in the West now, but he need to be prepared," said Perkins. "We got love, but when we play each other, there's no love.”

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