Thunder Q&A: Kendrick Perkins dreamed about playing Celtics in NBA Finals

Before the Celtics' Game 7 against Miami, OKC's Kendrick Perkins spoke of going through the trade, who he'd rather face in the finals and dreaming about a matchup with Boston.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 9, 2012

In late February of last year, the Thunder traded Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic to Boston for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. Robinson is gone, but Perkins is a key piece for the Thunder during their playoff run. Saturday, before the Celtics' Game 7 against Miami, Perkins spoke of going through the trade, who he'd rather face in the finals and what it's like playing for a title.

What was it like for you to get traded away from Boston last year?

At the moment, it was difficult because you never know what you're getting into. Myself, I grew up around a whole group of guys and I was there for eight years. It was the only place I knew but once I got here, that went out the window. Everybody welcomed me with open arms and the team was excited about winning and I fit in right from the jump. It was just younger. You don't find many young teams that want to win and want to get better every day and just want to be the best so that's always a positive.

Who are you rooting for Saturday night?

I'm a little biased so I'm going with Boston a little bit, but it really don't matter. I hope they win because it'd be nice to see them in the finals but either way, I'm not really just sitting back with pom-poms or anything like that.

Would it be emotional to play them?

I think it'd just make me play a little angry. You just want to get back at them team that traded you but at the end of the day, we're just trying to win though.

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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