Re: Are you guys ready to admit that the Kendrick Perkins trade was a BAD idea?
posted at 3/26/2011 3:19 PM EDT
"How does Perk help the team when defense isn't the problem?"
This is going to be a tough one for some of you to wrap your head around, but the Perk trade seems to have effected the chemistry and morale of the team. Believe it or not, that chemistry carries over to the offensive side of the ball as well.
During several of the Celts recent losses, they were dominated inside the paint so several of the losses can certainly be traced by to problems with interior defense.
To be clear: Ainge himself was aware of this risk. He was counting on Shaq being healthy by now. With Shaq in, this trade would have looked better both offensively and defensively.
However, those who want to judge this trade as either good or bad are foolish.
We won't know if it's good or bad until the Celtics season ends. If we win a ring it was a good trade. If we don't, it was a bad one - especially if we don't make it to the NBA finals.
So, the answer is pretty simple, it just requires some patience.
I liked the trade at first but don't like what I see as a soft and unintimidating team without an identity, so I"m not liking the trade much lately. But: I'm keeping an open mind, which is very difficult for folks on this forum to do.
Those who say this was a good trade because we couldn't have resigned Perk in the offseason - that's a big philosophical difference then. We signed the O'Neals to win NOW and all trades of this season must be judged in that light.