SALT LAKE CITY -- Kendrick Perkins and Al Jefferson were like Siamese twins when they were both in Celtics uniforms. Jefferson was the half that put the ball in the basket. Perkins was the one who kept it out. When Perkins tore his ACL last summer, Jefferson, who had been through the injury and the recovery process before, came to Boston to help Perkins through it. He was as shocked as anyone to hear Perkins was traded last Thursday and, having been dealt by the Celtics four years ago, he'll have a some more advice to give Perkins.
He talked to the Globe briefly before the game:
Initial impressions: I still canít believe it. Itís not a Boston defense without big Perk down there. It kind of sucks for me too because Iíve got to face him four times year now. [Expletive]. But I donít ever question nothing Danny does, because he brought me into this [league], so maybe Danny knows something that donít nobody else know. But I was shocked.
Talking to Perkins: I havenít gotten a chance to talk to him. Iím just waiting for everything to calm down a little bit, and when he gets settled in, Iíll reach out to him. This is his first time getting traded, so thisíll be my second time giving him advice on stuff. But heís in a good situation, Oklahoma City theyíre a great team and they needed somebody like Perk on the defensive end. Heís in a great situation, it just shocked me as far as Bostonís concerned.
Face of the defense: On the outside looking in, people always say Kevin was the face of the defense, but when youíre playing against that defense, Perk was the face of that defense. Perk was the one that the defense sent everybody to. Perk was the goaltender. He was the one that made guys afraid to go in that basket. Iím a scorer in this league and I hated playing against him. Then, along with Kevin Garnett and his leadership that just made him better.
What the Celtics get in Krstic: Krstic's a great offensive player and -- he's not, to me, up there with Perk on the defensive end -- but he plays great defense along with Kevin Garnett and everybody else out there. When JO gets back healthy and Shaq gets back healthy, I think they're still going to be deep at the big spot. And also, guys can't layoff of him like they did on Perk, because he can hit that jumper. He can scored, too. So they got something back good in return for Perk. But just as far as that team, the way that team was set up, Perk was just perfect for it.