Kendrick Perkins has won a championship as a starting center with the Boston Celtics back in 2008. But his role now is far from a starter’s workload.
Perkins has appeared in just seven games in the 2015 playoffs out of a possible 14. He’s also playing just 4.2 minutes per game 1.1 points and 1.1 rebounds.
“Just to come and have a chance to win a title is beautiful,” Perkins said. “Anytime you have that chance to make it to The Finals, you’re definitely a championship-type team. … We’re proving it every night.”
And yet, there isn’t an bit of complaint from the Finals-seasoned player who’s all but a cheerleader and a veteran leader off the bench. Game 1 of the NBA Finals, which begins on Thursday, June 4, will be Perkins 18th Finals game. He played a six-game series in the 2008 NBA Finals with the Celtics, a seven-game series in the 2010 NBA Finals with the Celtics (but missed Game 7 due to an injury), and a five-game series with the Thunder, losing to current teammate’s LeBron James’ team.
“I’ve never been in a position like this where I’m not really playing, but at the end of the day, I’m cool. I know I’ll be all right. I’ll get a chance to go somewhere and sign and be OK, but as for right now, I’m like ‘man, I made the right decision.'”
Perkins lives for those moments. He always has his team’s back, playing or not. He’s enjoying this process. It’s no surprise why he’s so beloved in the locker room.
“He has been a great leader and a true professional,” Tristan Thompson said. “Perk is that guy that stabilizes things, keeps things in order, if you know what I mean. It’s been great to have him as a teammate.”
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 27, 2015