Kendrick Perkins: The Boston Celtics' Un-Paid Garbage Man
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“The garbage man” is what his name should be, because he does all of the dirty work for the Boston Celtics.
If an assignment is blown on defense, Perkins cleans it up.
If a teammate blows a lay-up, Perkins cleans it up.
If one of the “Big Four” misses a shot with the shot clock running down Perkins will fight for the rebound to give the Celtics another chance to score.
Perkins works hard on every possession and never backs down from a challenge and should receive more credit for his talents on the court.
Perkins is the anchor of the Boston Celtics defense; he does so much for the team and competes every night.
He also sacrifices his own gain for the team, and this is the real definition of a good teammate. Despite all the things he brings to the center position for the Celtics, how hard he works, and all of the sacrifices he makes, Perkins is still put behind almost every other center in the NBA.
Perkins brings so much heart and hard work to the table and with the NBA declining of the “traditional center,” Perkins is one of the last centers that meet this criteria and he is doing a good job at giving kids who play like him someone to look up too.
Perkins has had many battles with all of the other great centers in the NBA.
The undisputed best center in the NBA and two-time defensive player of the year Dwight Howard ranked Perkins as one of the NBA’s top five defenders.
For Howard to say that about the player who he hates to be guarded by really speaks volumes about Perkins game
When the Celtics signed Shaquille O’Neal over the Summer, they were looking for another Big to help them rebound and to fill a void while Perkins was recovering from knee surgery.
But when the Celtics signed Shaq, the team also received the correct mentor on the offense to help Perkins game develop even more.
Shaq and Perkins have had many heated battles on the court, but now that they are teammates,Shaq will pass down the knowledge that he has the 25-year-old Perkins.
Perkins has become a better player each year he has been in the NBA and only will continue to get better.
When his career is all said and done, he will finally get credit and be “paid” for being one of the most dependable and toughest centers during this generation of the NBA.
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