Kendrick Perkins doesn’t strike me as a patient type guy. He seems pretty insistent in what he wants and thinks. So you can expect a pretty severe clash between he and the coaching staff in the next few weeks. You see, Perkins’ expected return date was late January, early February, somewhere in there. Perkins, though, is back on the court taking jumpers and working up a sweat. Which means he’s going to want back on the floor in the next few weeks. From CSN New England:
He’s sounding – and looking – like a guy who may be given the green light to resume playing sooner than that.
“I don’t know,” Perkins said. “Since I got on the court, I think my (return) date probably got pushed up a bit.”
When asked if he was still looking to return next month, he said, “hopefully.”
An early return for Perkins would be a major boost for a Celtics team that has been battling injuries – particularly at the center position – all season.
via Early return by Perkins could pay huge dividends.
Okay, one problem here. This is major knee surgery, a severely traumatic injury. Which means it’s not going to be based on when Perkins thinks he can come back. It’s not a hamstring pull that depends on when he thinks he can come back. It’s going to be based on when the training staff thinks he’s ready to get back on the floor. And that’s dramatically different from anything related solely to how the player feels. Surely his ability to get out there and show progress will help in their decision and his feedback will impact the return date. But in the end, it’s going to be the training and coaching staff’s decision, and they’re going to be very careful with getting him back when he’s risky.
Still, if you ever wonder what the difference between Kendrick Perkins and Andrew Bynum is, look no further. Perkins works his tail off to get back as soon as possible. Bynum? Yeah, not so much.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.