Chicago Bulls: Does Loss of Kendrick Perkins Make Bulls NBA Favorites in East?

Ryan NeimanContributor IIIMarch 3, 2011

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 13:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat goes to the basket against Kendrick Perkins #43 of the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 13, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/ Getty Images)
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What were the Boston Celtics thinking?

Don't they know the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"?

After the Boston Celtics decided to go young and small by trading the powerful Kendrick Perkins for the squeaky Jeff Green, they have allowed the East to be open for business.

The East was theirs for the taking, but they decided to coincide for a brighter future.

Most importantly, the Celtics have allowed the Chicago Bulls to be the clear favorites in the East.


Because in the end, size does matter.

With Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Omir Asik and Taj Gibson, the Bulls' presence in the paint will be felt by every team that tries to drive to the basket.

Even though Asik and Gibson are not evolved players yet, they have Boozer and Noah to complement them.

Boozer and Noah alone will be creating havoc on both sides of the court by shoving away opponents for rebounds and posting-up on defenders in the paint effortlessly.

The Celtics do not possess the same roster after they traded away Perkins.

Their inside presence is going to be weaker and most importantly, old.

Eventually, Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O'Neal are going to retire.

The Celtics may have traded away a building block towards their future and they potentially could have avoided disaster.

It is very obvious they are at a height disadvantage compared to Bulls especially until Shaquille O'Neal can prove he does not Icy-Hot in order to be in a game.

Kevin Garnett is an exceptional player, but if you place two bodies on him, the Bulls can shut him down easily.

If we compare the Miami Heat to the Bulls, it is almost laughable at the size difference the Bulls have over the Heat.

The Heat do not have the type of bodies who can post up against the Bulls successfully while in the paint.

Outside of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, the Heat's height is almost non-existent.

This is why it is mind boggling why the Celtics decided to go into this direction when they had the best interior core in the game.

Many felt the Celtics were ensuring they had a positive future by trading for a player who can still develop into a superstar.

That's great and all, but they may have destroyed their chances as representing the East this season.