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Thunder: Kendrick Perkins will acknowledge Celtic fans, then he's all Thunder

Oklahoma City's big man has a lot of memories from his days with Boston
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 15, 2012
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Perkins said he plans on acknowledging the Celtics crowd when he's introduced Monday night. It'll be his way of showing his love and appreciation to the fans and the organization for everything that was done for him during his Boston days.

“Oh definitely,” Perk said. “I got too. It's no question. I'll do it for however long it takes. I'm definitely going to walk around and acknowledge the whole crowd and after that get to work.”

Perkins remains best friends with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. Forward Kevin Garnett, for 3 1/2 seasons, was a mentor to Perk and continues to be like a big brother. Celtics coach Doc Rivers has been like a father figure.

Those are the relationships Perkins must look past when the ball is thrown up.

“When jump ball comes,” Perk said, “we're trying to win the game.”

Only Perkins is now playing for the other team, and he's admittedly anticipating what being on the visitor's side will be like.

“It's going to definitely be different,” Perkins said. “I know (Garnett) is going to make the intensity where it needs to be, and I'm going to make sure it's there too.

“But I know they're going to come at us. They're going to try to whoop our behinds. We need to be prepared. And vice-versa. We're coming in the same way. After everything is said and done, whatever they got planned and all that, we're going to get to work.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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