As Ryan shared last night, we had a basketball game featuring real live NBA players last night at Harvard University in Rajon Rondo’s charity exhibition. Amongst the many stars in attendance was former C’s center Kendrick Perkins.
Perk entertainingly ran point guard all game for one of the teams in the exhibition and received the loudest ovation of all the players in attendance by the crowd according to many accounts. Perk spoke after the game at length with the media about his lingering feelings on being traded out of town last February.
From Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald:
On his feelings surround the trade: “Hurt, surprised, I think it really still hasn’t hit me yet — not really,” he said later. “I think everything happened so fast, last year coming back from my ACL injury and getting traded to Oklahoma City where I had to be a leader.
“It still hurts that I got traded, but then the city of Oklahoma has been great to me. They’ve embraced me with open arms, and I have no complaints about the city of Oklahoma and the whole organization.”
On missing Boston: “I never knew how much I missed being here,” said Perkins. “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.”
On the lockout negotiations: “It’s never been in my control, but I feel like we’re going to come to an agreement that’s good for both sides,” said Perkins. “You’ve got a lot of guys. Every guy feels different in my eyes. Some guys may want to take the deal, some guys may say they don’t want to take the deal. I think the biggest thing for the players is that we all stick together, because we know the owners are going to do the same.
“I think if both sides put their pride aside we can get a deal done. I think both sides have been really prideful. I think if both sides drop their pride and come in with an open mind and an open heart I think we can get a deal done.”
Full video of Perk’s remarks after the jump