CelticThunder Blog

Welcome to FLCeltsFan's Celtic Thunder blog. I plan to list a very eclectic variety of posts here concerning both of my favorite teams and especially my favorite player- Kendrick Perkins. I hope you will enjoy your visit and come back soon.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today's Boston Celtics Links 9/27

Herald  Celts coach Stevens points to Bradley in Rondo's absence
Brad Stevens says Avery Bradley’s on point
Globe Celtics' Bass takes swimming lessons with kids
Boston Celtic Brandon Bass learns to swim
It's official: Celtics heading to The Sports Hub
CelticsGreen   It's Official - Celtics Have a New Radio Home
ESPN Rank: #224 Courtney Lee Profile
ESPN Rank: #220 MarShon Brooks Profile
Rondo's on Pins and Needles Waiting to Get Back on the Court
CelticsBlog  What should we expect from Phil Pressey this season?
ESPN  Stevens: Rondo not cleared for all activities
Green gets fan to trash Heat gear
C's finalize radio deal with 98.5 Sports Hub
Green means go time
College coaches think Stevens will succeed
Bass sticks his toe in the water

Sam Presti Has Perk's Back

Sam Presti has gotten some questions about Kendrick Perkins recently. Some Thunder fans wanted the team to use their amnesty provision on him this summer. But Presti is a very smart man and is standing by Perk. He knows that stats aren't the only thing that determine the importance of a player on the court.
“He’s going to impact our team in other ways as well {as remaining an elite post defender). You know, it’s always hard to answer those questions without sounding defensive other than to say that Perk’s a part of the success we’ve had here. He’s an important member of the team. We expect him to fulfill the role that he’s given and contribute.” “Obviously, he has high standards for himself and he expressed that at the end of last season. He makes up part of the group, part of that continuity that’s been around for quite some time and been a part of some of the best teams that we’ve had here."
Perk is one of the hardest workers in the NBA and I know that he will come back this season and be a better player and help the Thunder both in the locker room and on the court.   And I'm happy to say, Sam Presti agrees.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Perk Makes the List of NBA Tough Guys

Dime has posted a list of the toughest players in the NBA today and it's no surprise that Perk is on it.  Here's what they have to say about him:
Maybe it’s the constant scowl while on the floor or arguing every correct foul call a referee makes against him, but Kendrick Perkins seems like an extremely angry man. Former and current players such as Charles Oakley and Francisco Garcia have voiced their opinion on Perkins, calling him a “fake tough guy” who puts on a show for fans, and on certain occasions, I’ve shared similar sentiments about the center. However, Perkins reputation as an enforcer who punishes those who enter the paint is legitimate.

Perkins is essential because he knows his role as a basketball player. He’s never been a huge scorer, and instead focuses on rebounding and defensive leadership. After tears to the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Game 6 of the 2010 Finals, Perkins returned to NBA action only six months later, losing 31 pounds in the process which has increased his athleticism and made him more of a force beneath the basket. And of course, it’s upped his intimidation factor. Former teammates Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo have both stated that the Celtics would’ve won the 2010 NBA Finals if Perkins was there in the paint to punish Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, as well as preventing the Lakers’ guards from penetrating.

Yes, Perkins has had his fair share of disparaging moments. We all remember him getting baptized by Blake Griffin in the Staples Center and subsequently getting into a pissing match with LeBron Jamesover the tweet the Miami Heat forward sent, which praised the dunk. Like a true tough guy, how did Perkins retaliate to the Griffin dunk? By excessively fouling the Clippers power forward, and warranting a technical foul. Tough guy indeed.
Count me among those who believe that the Celtics would have won the title in 2010 if Perk hadn't gone down. And, who knows, maybe they would have won again in 2011 but Danny traded Perk and they have been searching for a player to fill his role ever since. Perk may not put up a flashy stat line, but his presence and his role of enforcer is very important for a team that wants to win.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Today's Boston Celtics Links 9/2

CelticsGreen  Damen Bell-Holter - Another Training Camp Invite
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Brandon Bass
CelticsBlog  NBA Comparison: MarShon Brooks
Why Watch Next Season?
Celtic Heart
ESPN  Add Bell-Holter to camp list
Summer Forecast: Thanks to C's bloggers

Lex Nihil Novi  Recently Acquired Kermit Washington Helps Celtics Hold Off Nets, and Furious Fourth Quarter Rally
The Ping-Pong Balls are Ready: Will the Curse Continue?
Celtic Nation  Death of the Center Position
CLNS Radio  What to Expect From Brandon Bass in 2013-14
Celtics Life  Brad Stevens envisions the Celtics as a running team
Red's Army  Celtkicks: KG headed back to China this week
Your Morning Dump… Where history could be made this season (and not the good kind)

Celtics Hub  Sunday Fun-Day Notebook: Stevens on Rondo’s Rehab from Injury and Camp Invites
Truth on Causeway  The Past Eras: Red Auerbach
Our Summer Truths #6
Mass Live  Rajon Rondo, working way back from ACL injury, spotted dancing at wedding of Boston Celtics teammate Brandon Bass
Undrafted Damen Bell-Holter of Oral Roberts invited to training camp

Pro Basketball Talk  Knicks will win NBA championship this year, according to J.R. Smith
Hoopsworld  Chris Wilcox ‘Open to Going Overseas’
Bleacher Report  Spotlighting and Breaking Down Boston Celtics' SF Position
Rant Sports  Kelly Olynyk: Major Force For Boston Celtics
Dimemag  The 5 Best NBA Players Who Have Never Made An All-Star Team
Yahoo   Boston Celtics: What Exactly is Avery Bradley's Value?