I included this in the Fiddlin' and Diddlin' section, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought is needed to be in a separate post. In the Herald's report on Pierce's interview, Pierce singles out Perk for some praise.
“This is going to make Perk (Kendrick Perkins) a better player, too. But I thought he was starting to show his improvement late in the year. His fouls were down, and that’s him really starting to understand the NBA game in his fourth year.”I have been on the Kendrick Perkins bandwagon since we got him and have been telling anyone who would listen that this kid is going to break out this season.
Perk got off to a slow start because he was still rehabbing from that shoulder injury in the beginning of the season. Then he was hampered by the plantar fasciitis for much of the season. A lot of people forgot about the fact that he was playing in pain because he was out there every game giving his all and never complained about it. You have to love that in a player. He is as tough as they come. .
As Pierce notes, he showed a lot of improvement late in the year because his foot was starting to heal and he could move without being in excruciating pain. He was fouling less and playing some great defense in the paint. Perk never got to work with Clifford Ray in the offseason last year because of the shoulder injury but will have this entire summer to work with him along with Tom Thibodeau who is responsible for Yao Ming's emergence. I love that Pierce is giving Perk some love because he is going to surprise a lot of people this year. Better jump on the bandwagon now because it is going to get very crowded by the end of the season. Just remember - I was there first.