Kendrick Perkins, who was in town this weekend for Rondo’s Boston Charity Classic, took a moment to chat with reporters following the event.
Said Perkins: “I never knew how much I missed being here. Definitely missed the whole city of Boston, the whole area of New England. It just felt good to be back playing basketball in Boston. It was a whole lot of fun today.”
Perk spent eight seasons in Boston and quickly became a crowd favorite for his unselfish play in the paint. Perkins essentially grew up as a member of the Celtics having been taken in the first round straight out of high school. “This city’s been good to me since I came into the NBA as a young man at 18. I never take it for granted and I definitely appreciate all the support when I come back to the New England area. You know I hated to leave. It was just fun to be back.”
It sure was fun to have Perkins back playing ball in Boston once again. Perkins looked to have added some muscle and has clearly taken advantage of the down-time to get himself back into excellent game shape. The lingering knee injury that seemed to hamper him for much of the 2010-2011 season no longer seems to be an issue. In a game where stats were not counted, Perkins was easily the most dominate.
Perkins may have moved on from the Celtics organization, but his home will always be in Boston.