Perkins reflects on playing, friendship with Rondo

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Perkins reflects on playing, friendship with Rondo

CAMBRIDGE -- Kendrick Perkins glanced over at Rajon Rondo as he addressed a pack of reporters following his charity game on Saturday night at Harvard University.

Rondo held court wearing a pair of thick black glasses, a gray jacket, and fitted t-shirt. Perkins, dressed in a white zip-up hoodie and blue thermal shirt, smiled and laughed.

That's nice, he grinned. You see them glasses he's got on today? That's him. He's so fly.

Best friends Rondo and Perkins took the court together for charity, the closest they have come to playing basketball together in Boston since Perkins was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in February.

The impact Perkins absence had on Rondo was widely discussed last season. Nine months after the move, Perkins reflected on how playing without Rondo affected him as well.

You never know how many easy baskets you can get dealing with a guy like him, Perkins said of Rondo. And just also the chemistry that me and him have together and just being the other two outside of the Big Three (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen), and how close we got.

It's definitely hard, but at the same time we both talked on the phone after the trade and I told him what's done is done. We've just got to go out there and we've both got jobs to do. It's not going to affect how we interact or how we feel about each other. We've just got jobs to do.

The big man who plays with his emotions realizes basketball is a business -- I never was mad at Danny (Ainge), I never was mad at Wyc (Grousbeck) for trading me. I was just happy that I was able to be here for nine years, he said. And with the birth of his second son, Kingston, just five weeks ago, he has an extra mouth to feed regardless of who he is playing with.

Perkins and Rondo have mulled the idea of heading overseas together if the NBA lockout continues. But even if they dont get to suit up as teammates again, Perkins is confident in their relationship that goes beyond basketball.

Rondo brings out my humble side, he said. I think he always keeps me stable, never lets me get too high or too low. We call each other a lot. We talk almost every day. We talk about a lot of different situations. Anything going on on his mind, he calls me. Anything going on on my mind, I'm going to call him. So that's the type of relationship we've got.

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

With the Celtics clearing the way to make a run at big names such as Paul George and Gordon Hayward, there will inevitably be salary-cap casualties.

But we'll always have Game 7 against the Wizards, Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk, 26, averaged nine points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and will forever be remembered for his astonishing 10-for-14 shooting performance off the bench when he scored 26 points in the second-round series clincher over Washington at TD Garden.

After four seasons in Boston, the 7-footer and former first-round pick from Gonzaga is currently a restricted free agent and would surely turn down a Celtics' qualifying offer of a little more than $4 million. Until the C's renounce his rights, he counts for $7.7 million against the cap. 

That's money the Boston will need in its pursuit of George and Hayward. So, it's so long, Kelly O. 


 


 

Morning Skate: What does trading a first-rounder get you now?

Morning Skate: What does trading a first-rounder get you now?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while wishing that Gordon Hayward and Paul George were already in Boston, like, yesterday.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Freidman gives his 30 thoughts for the week, including the trade value of a first-round pick right now.

*It could that non-unrestricted free agents steal all of the thunder on July 1 with massive contract extensions a la Connor McDavid.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Detroit Red Wings taking potential fliers on a number of veteran D-men that are out on the free market.

*With free agency right around the corner, the legendary Stan Fischler details the sad end to Bobby Orr’s career in Boston, where he was lied to about the offer extended to him and ended up playing things out with the Chicago Blackhawks in a way that it shouldn’t have gone. The sight of Orr in a Blackhawks sweater is one of the real all-time NHL oddities out there.

*The NCAA is eying college hockey expansion in NHL markets, including the University of Illinois and Pitt, and, from what I’ve been told, perhaps UNLV and maybe even Vanderbilt. This is a great thing for amateur hockey players and anybody that can’t get enough of the game.  

*Ex-Senators defenseman Marc Methot holds no ill will toward the Sens after being dealt from Vegas to the Dallas Stars following his selection in the expansion draft.

*Josh Ho-Sang shares his wisdom to Islanders prospects as a 21-year-old somebody that’s gone through the ups and downs of being in their shoes.

*As we referenced above, Connor McDavid is closing in on a massive contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers that will probably make him the highest paid player in the NHL.

*For something completely different: My heart goes out to this Roslindale family fighting through a situation with a child who has a life-threatening disorder. They have a Go-Fund-Me page, so please give if you can.