Friday, January 09, 2015

20-20 Hindsight

The master of the Boston sports scene weighs in on a Celtics trade from four years ago:

Here's a link from the trade, which happened on Thursday, February 24, 2011:
Kendrick Perkins is a gentle giant that wears his emotions on his sleeve. On Thursday, those emotions were on display as the Boston Celtics traded Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. Perkins, reportedly broken up about the trade, was seen crying as Nate Robinson tried to console him after they received news of the trade.
Let's see what Shank had to say about the trade at the time:

That's right - nothing! He didn't say jack shit about the trade when it happened, and he half passes off this tweet off like he was NostraFuckingDamus at the time? What an asshole.

UPDATE AT 11:15 PM: Shank did in fact weigh in on the trade: five days after the trade
I hate the Kendrick Perkins trade.

And make no mistake; in Boston, this deal will always be the Kendrick Perkins trade. Jeff Green might be a young Antonio McDyess. He might someday replace Celtics captain Paul Pierce. But Celtics fans will always think of this as the Kendrick Perkins trade. I don't expect Green or 7-foot center Nenad Krstic to have their numbers retired, but even if they play well in Boston, this is going to be remembered as the Kendrick Perkins trade.

It's a shocker and a high-stakes gamble by ever-bold team president Danny Ainge. The Celtics were a conference-best 40-14 at the All-Star break. They were front-runners to make it to the Finals for the third time in four seasons. And then Ainge (one of the great talent evaluators of his generation) up and traded his starting center less than two months before the start of the playoffs.
I'll note Shank's quote of Ainge taking a gamble on this trade, though it's not even hinted at in his tweet.

Ruling - still a schmuck.

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