Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo are best friends–everyone knows that. When Perkins was traded from the Boston Celtics Rondo was obviously one of the most crushed by that. You could see it in his face and bodily expressions in interviews when asked about Perkins.
These guys have a very close relationship and that hasn’t changed since Perkins went to OKC. There’s another thing that they have in common now. Both have experienced torn ACLs in their respective careers. Perkins tore his ACL in game six of the 2010 NBA Finals. That’s really where the saying “they can’t beat our starting five” came from. The Celtics insisted that if Perkins had played in game seven, they would’ve had two championships in Garnett’s tenure instead of just one.
Perkins talked to the Boston Globe about how he’s been in contact with Rondo. He said that he’s going to Rondo’s home in Kentucky to visit him and make sure he’s in the right mind for what he’s about to go through.
Mentally, he has a hard time with just sitting out and probably not being able to walk for a minute and not being able to run,” Perkins said. “And just the whole rehab part of it. Mentally, he struggles with things like that
Rondo is obviously going to have a hard time being off of the floor, but he’s gotten a lot of support from players all around the NBA–not only current and former Boston Celtics. Guys like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant have expressed their concerns for Rondo via twitter or in personal interviews.
Hopefully the help and advice from Perkins goes a long way in Rondo’s recovery.