Perkins fitted for a new knee brace


Perkins fitted for a new knee brace

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON -- Kendrick Perkins has been focused on his return to basketball all season.

Now he's taken another step closer.

Perkins was measured for a new right knee brace on Wednesday, he told

"Just taking it one day at a time," he said. "I think I'm starting to do more basketball things. Today I got measured for my knee brace, so it's been cool."

Perkins expects to begin wearing the new brace next Tuesday, which will allow him to do more court work. His rehab regimen includes going to the gym twice a day.

Perkins has been sidelined since tearing ligaments in his right knee during Game Six of the NBA Finals in June. He is eyeing a return in February.

Without Perkins in the lineup, Shaquille O'Neal, Semih Erden and -- when healthy -- Jermaine O'Neal have started at the center position for the Celtics.

Jermaine O'Neal (knee) and Delonte West (wrist) are also sidelined with injuries.
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