By A. Sherrod Blakely
BOSTON Kendrick Perkins is known for having a seemingly never-ending scowl on his face.
But prior to Monday night's game against Houston, Perkins was all smiles.
Yes, we're talking about practice.
Perkins told CSNNE.com that he has been cleared to start full contact practice with the team this week.
"I feel good about it," Perkins said. "Real good."
His return to full-contact practice is yet another signal that the Celtics' top interior defender will be back on the court fairly soon.
Perkins, who has not played since suffering torn ligaments in his right knee in Game Six of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers last June, told reporters recently that he hoped to be back on the floor by the end of this month.
If he's practicing with the team, that timetable seems very reasonable.
His return could not come at a better time for the Celtics.
Jermaine O'Neal is still having problems with his left knee, the kind of issues that O'Neal believes won't subside anytime soon.
"I can't wait to get back out there," Perkins said.
Celtics Nation feels the same way.
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Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has a career free throw percentage of .863 in six seasons in the NBA.
But in a free throw contest against Seattle Seahawks wideout - and free throw champion - Tyler Lockett, Thomas went a perfect 12-for-12.
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics moved one step closer towards trimming down its overcrowded roster with the waiving of John Holland.
The 27-year-old would have gone into training camp with a very slim shot at making the roster. He signed a two-year deal that would have been worth $874,636 for the 2016-2017 season.
However, the contract was non-guaranteed and would have more than likely been used as part of a potential trade.
But no such deal materialized.
So rather than have the 6-foot-5 guard/forward in training camp with the odds heavily stacked against him making the team, Boston waived him now so that he has enough time to either go to training camp with another NBA team or sign with a team overseas.
Holland, who starred at Boston University, has already played overseas in France, Spain and Turkey in addition to having played with the Development League’s Canton Charge last season.
He played in one game for the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics now have 18 players in training camp, 16 of which have guaranteed contracts.
The NBA’s 38 rookies had their annual photo shoot and were polled by NBA.com with a couple of questions about their class. When asked which rookie was the most athletic among them, the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 pick overall last June, won in a landslide.
Here are the results of that question:
1. Jaylen Brown, Boston -- 38.7%
2. Brice Johnson, L.A. Clippers -- 16.1%
3. Marquese Chriss, Phoenix -- 9.7%
T-4. Malik Beasley, Denver -- 6.5%
Kay Felder, Cleveland -- 6.5%
Gary Payton II, Houston -- 6.5%
Providence guard Kris Dunn, No. 5 pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves was the freshman class’ pick to win rookie of the year honors, with 29 percent of the vote, followed by No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram of the Lakers and No. 1 pick Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Click here for the complete poll.