Strong men, Celtics also cry

Kendrick Perkins was traded to the Thunder yesterday, making it a day for mourning in Boston. That might sound a bit extreme, but that’s just because you haven’t read the quotes from the team yet. Here are some of them.

There was the usually stern Kevin Garnett:

“Tough day to play basketball,” Kevin Garnett said. “Very tough day to play basketball, to even concentrate. Just being bluntly honest. You feel like you lost a family member today. Tough day.”

There was Danny Ainge:

We shed some tears today talking to Perk. It was tough. He’s a good kid.

There was Kendrick Perkins, himself:

“There was a lot of crying, lot of hugging going on,” said Perkins. “And a lot of it was me.”

Basically, one big blubbering cry festival, all because Kendrick Perkins is going to play for a different basketball team. On one hand, it’s touching to see such a close-knit team that has some genuine love for one another. That is very cool in this day and age of rental players and mercenary pickups. Kind of nice, actually.

On the other hand, the Celtics know they’ll see him again, right? Like, during other games or the two times a year they face the Thunder. They know he’s not dead or anything like that, I’m hoping. Because they’re kind of acting like he’s passed on. Not to mention, I’m sure it’s great for Nate Robinson to be in the locker room while everyone is weeping over Perkins leaving while he’s just standing there like, “Well, I’ll see ya when I see ya.” Awkward, for sure.

But really, it’s a tough time for the Celtics and their fans. Not only is the team losing a huge piece, they’re also losing an emotional leader. That’ll be tough to recover from in the next few months. Just a hunch, but I’d suspect a lot of extra headbutts with all those fried nerves.