Post-game Reactions

If there’s one good thing about the downtime in an NBA offseason, it’s the opportunity to hear from NBA players in a more candid enviornment. Most guys seem a little more forthcoming with their comments and obviously optimistic about the upcoming season.

Dime Magazine is one great source for obtaining these kinds of interviews and after talking to the newest Celtic Von Wafer over this weekend, we hear from, for my money, one of the best interviewers on the C’s Kendrick Perkins in a terrific back and forth with Dime’s Austin Burton. A few interesting nuggets from the piece, which I strongly encourage a full read through:

On His Rehab Thus Far:
Oh man, it’s been going great. Surgery went extremely well, so I’m just rehabbing, trying to take it day by day, one day at a time and go from there. Right now I’m doing better than I expected. The doctors said I’m ahead of schedule, so I should be back my mid-February.

On The NBA Age Limit:
I feel like personally, if you’re ready to come out as an 18-year-old in high school, you could come out. You can get a job at 18. Some guys that came out haven’t been successful, but it goes up and down. I think overall the ratio is high for guys staying in the League after coming out of high school. I don’t see a problem with it. Some guys just don’t wanna go to college, so now they’ll go overseas, then come back to the NBA. It’s not about how you get to the NBA, it’s if you get to the NBA.

On Adjusting to NBA Lifestyle:
The biggest part is leaving the life alone and concentrating on basketball. Once you can grow apart from the NBA lifestyle outside the court and just focus on hooping, you’ll be alright. That was the biggest adjustment for me.

On The Heat Being New Rivals:
I mean, they have a pretty good team on paper with LeBron, Bosh and D-Wade. But at the end of the day, anything can happen in the playoffs. We proved that this year; we were 17-17 down the stretch and guys counted us out, but we already knew no team wanted to see us in a seven-game series. We felt that way, we believed in ourselves and the coaches believed in us.

It’s gonna be a hard challenge for (Miami). It’s easy to get all those guys on one team, but to vibe in the same system is another thing. Who’s gonna make the extra pass? Who’s gonna make the defensive plays? This is a grown-man’s league, and other teams are getting better, too. So you know that night in and night out, guys are gonna attack them.

On C’s Locker Room Shenanigans:
Oh man, it’s great. I always say we need our own reality show, but you’ve have to bleep out and edit too much stuff. It’s funny. Every day I look forward to going to work with the guys on our team.

Dime: Tony Allen said there’s always a fight over the music in the weight room.
KP: All the time. It’s always a big misunderstanding. Tony would wanna play Gucci Mane, Nate always has a variety, and KG wants to play the same song 40 times in a row. But KG ends up ruling at the end, because he’s got the most years in the League.

Finally, a perfect prediction to finish up the conversation from Perk the straight shooter.

Dime: Any predictions?
KP: Nah, I don’t wanna do that.

Dime: OK.
KP: Actually, yeah, I will make a prediction. We’re gonna win.

Dime: The whole thing?
KP: We’re gonna win.

The team will need Perk if it wants to do that, but the good news is Perk is one the hardest workers this team has to offer. If his body cooperates, you can bet he will be back on time.

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Brian Robb

Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • 15GREEN15

    lol i wish i was a celtic . work harder maybe one day i will be in the nba .

  • I love Green

    Damn that knee injury.

  • I’m one of stern’s biggest critics but I think that this is one of the good things that he’s actually done. These young kids won’t turn down the money that is out there for them and it hurts the product in the longrun to have unskilled young guys in the league. They need at least one year under their belt in order for them to mature and not jump straight to the pros. There are too many guys that skip college and don’t even end up drafted and that makes the ineligible for college. People need to look at the big picture.

  • Tebucky

    I LOVE Perk dog!!! I would not want to fight Kevin Garnett for control of the radio either…you’re right Kevin, that’s a great song!

  • I love Green

    And why does everyone have to keep talking about game 7. Ruins my day

  • @ Tim M….Sorry but the “one and done” is a disaster for college basketball.

    How is OJ Mayo going to take the responsibilities of being a scholarship student athlete seriously when he knows he’ll be gone after one season?

    Like he’s going to attend class and do homework and take exams etc under those circumstances? What a joke!

    All the “one and done” rule does is encourage more cheating. Kids accepting money and gifts from predatory agents while still playing amateur ball because there are no consequences to them.

    They’ll be gone, leaving the university holding the bag.

    I don’t blame the kids. What are they supposed to do? Sit on their parents’ couch playing video games for a year or go play in Europe? Not much of a choice.

  • Kevin

    Perk was drafted out of High School and it took him a while to develop but boy has he developed into one of the best defensive centers in the leagues. IF NOT THE BEST.

  • NV

    I’m loving the confidence. First Rondo saying the Heat haven’t done sh*t and now Perk saying the Celtics are going to win it all. Miami vs. Boston is going to be a hell of a rivalry. Get well soon Perk. And bring on the Heat. F u LeBRON.

  • Coolin

    I like the confidence also, but the HEAT are going to be good, real good.

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