Perk talks rehab and everything else
|09.08.10 at 9:58 am ET|
Kendrick Perkins has become known as the best talker in the Celtics locker room; no easy feat when competing with the likes of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. But what separates Perkins is his honesty. Ask him a question and he’ll give you a thoughtful response.
Slam’s Tzvi Twersky caught up with Perkins and asked a lot of questions, to which Perk gave his usual candid answers. [Go here for the full interview]
A few highlights:
On his rehabilitation from knee surgery: It’s going great, man. I’m going to rehab everyday. It’s getting a whole lot better. I’m walking without crutches and a brace, so things are moving along. I’m not rushing anything, but things are moving at a great pace. It’s not as bad as everybody thinks. It’s difficult, obviously, but it’s not as bad as people think. If you mentally strong, you can get through it.
On statistics: I feel like stats are overrated, because stats—you could have an impact of the game and not have a huge number of stats. I feel like stats are overrated because—they just are.
On Tony Allen feeling overshadowed by the team’s stars: And to say you got overlooked a little bit—I ain’t trying to go against TA—but without them, people probably wouldn’t even know your name. We wouldn’t be on TV as much, or anything like that. So don’t take situations for granted. That’s why I say you should be grateful for every opportunity.
On locker room chemistry: The thing is, we all got open minds. So we all willin’ to listen. And that’s one thing Doc that says: ‘Listen to your teammate. At the time it might not come out how you want it to come out, but listen.’ And we got to be able to tell each other what we’re doing wrong. And I think that’s what makes our team different from everybody else. We keep our chemistry on the court. You wouldn’t know if we had an argument in the locker room or not—nobody would know. It wouldn’t show on the court in no kinda way.
On his future: Well, I’d love to be a Celtic for life, honestly. But, I know this is a business. So we’re gonna see how this year works out and just go from there. But I wouldn’t want to leave Boston; I love my situation. But we just gotta see and go from there, play this year out.