OFFSEASON

Report: Perkins wanted to meet Celtics in Finals

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Report: Perkins wanted to meet Celtics in Finals

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

Kendrick Perkins may be fighting for a title with the Oklahoma City Thunder this postseason, but the Boston Celtics were on his mind following their elimination at the hands of the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

After a Game 5 win of his own in which the Thunder took a 3-2 lead over the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Semifinals, Perkins reacted to the end of his former teams season.

I was wishing we could both end up in the Finals and meet up, Perkins told Yahoo.com, or something crazy like that . . . I hated to see them go down like this.

Perkins is averaging 4.6 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Thunder this postseason. His impact on the Celtics team chemistry has been a topic of discussion ever since he was traded in February.

Following the Celtics' elimination, Celtics President of Basketball Operation Danny Ainge was asked by ESPN Boston if he would do the deal that sent Perkins to Oklahoma City again. In return, Boston acquired Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.

Yes," Ainge told ESPN. "No regrets.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBAShe can be reached at jessicacamerato@gmail.com.

OFFSEASON

Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team

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Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team

Veteran forward Larry Sanders, who hasn’t played since December of 2014, has taken to Twitter to get feedback on “Which team do you believe will utilize my skills the best?”

So far, it’s his last team, the Milwaukee Bucks leading, with the Celtics edging the Cavaliers for second place.  

Sanders, 27, has been away from basketball after two drug-related suspensions and issues with anxiety and depression led him to accept a buyout from the Bucks.  The 6-11 Sanders was a solid rim protector. He averaged 1.8 blocks a game in his career. Could the Celtics, with an already crowded roster, take a flyer on him as a low-cost option? 
 

OFFSEASON

Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues

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Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues

By Dan Feldman, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Michael Jordan might have never said “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

But that quote has defined him politically.

Whether the perception has been fair or not, he’s clearly trying to change it.

Jordan in ESPN's The Undefeated:

As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.

Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.

To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

You can read Jordan’s full statement here.