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No NCAA Tourney Regrets for Perkins

03.31.09 at 8:00 am ET
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Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett are the only members of the Boston Celtics to go straight from high school to the NBA. Of their teammates who chose the NCAA, nearly all of them experienced March Madness.

Even though Perkins made an early jump to the pros, the 2003 Clifton J. Ozen High School graduate still gets caught up in the excitement of the NCAA Tournament.

‘€œIt’s fun because I’ve been watching a lot of games,’€ he said. ‘€œIt’s been very interesting just watching all the buzzer beaters, teams getting upset.’€

So while Paul Pierce watched Kansas try to defend its NCAA title and Ray Allen basked in the glory of UConn’s Final Fourth berth, does Perkins ever wish he was part of that?

‘€œNo,’€ he said without hesitation. ‘€œI don’t think anything substitutes for being in the NBA. It’s like, I’ve never known what it’s like to be in college so I never have any regrets or anything like that.’€

It’s easier for Perkins to have no regrets when he can place his world championship ring next to his high school diploma.

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