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(More) Celtics react to trade

John Rohde Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm •  Published: February 25, 2011

- “I had a chance to talk to him at length (Thursday) afternoon, but he was definitely hurt. The guys around this locker room are definitely hurt to see Perk go.” – Celtics All-Star Ray Allen on Kendrick Perkins

- “I just said, ‘Sorry.’ There’s no words that can really describe the emotions that you feel. Perk is a tough guy, (but) he was very emotional. Like he couldn’t get the words out that he needed to get out. In my mind, he’ll always be a Celtic. He’s been here for eight years. I felt truly bad. That’s probably one of the toughest pills I’ve had to swallow of any player I’ve seen traded, because he was a part of what he was doing here. So we have to change that around and incorporate these new guys we got.” – Allen

- “You hope that Danny (Ainge) and Doc (Rivers) know what they’re doing. I mean, we put our trust in them, so it is what it is. We can’t use any excuses and cry over spilled milk.” – Pierce

- “Hopefully the guys we have coming in understand what we’re trying to do around here. It’s still a championship goal. But it is definitely a blow when you lose a guy like Perk who’s been in playoff battles, been tested, gives us size and defense – especially when you’re going against guys like Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol – if we make it to the Finals and play the Lakers. Hopefully we can make up for it in other ways.” – Pierce

- “I haven’t had a chance to assess (the trade). I hate to lose a guy, a teammate like Perk because he meant so much. And people don’t understand what chemistry is, from the bus to the plane, the locker room. It’s definitely blow there. It depends on how the other guys make the adjustment.” – Pierce

- “People underrate what chemistry brings. This is one of the tightest units, one of the most together teams that you could probably think of. It’s just how we roll on the plane and in the hotels, the camaraderie that we’ve been able to gather over the years. When you lose that, it’s tough. Hopefully we can integrate the guys that we have coming here and they can pick up things pretty quickly.”

- “Jeff Green is young. He can play. He can help our bench production out. He’s got tremendous upside. And Krstic gives us length. I look forward to having both of them.” – Allen

 Sources: Boston Herald and Boston Globe