Doc Rivers Believes Trading Kendrick Perkins Hurt Kevin Garnett
Now that Doc Rivers is the new head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, his thoughts and feelings during his time in Boston continue to come out. Rivers recently said that he thinks trading away Kendrick Perkins made the Celtics less tough and that it made Kevin Garnett more vulnerable.
“The one thing we did by losing Perk was we removed Kevin’s protector," said Rivers. "I didn’t think it was a coincidence that, after Perk left, that Kevin got into all those little flicks with the other teams. Perk deflected all that.”
In exchange for Kendrick Perkins, the Boston Celtics acquired the soft-spoken Jeff Green. Green is a much more talented player than Perkins, but he isn’t nearly the enforcer type that Perkins is. As a result, the Celtics not only forced Garnett to be more of the enforcer, but they also had him playing the center position a lot more than he was used to. It’s no coincidence that just a few years after the Perkins trade, Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett are no longer on the team and that they're still left wondering what could have happened if Perk was still around.