NBA vet Kendrick Perkins is playing with the G League’s Canton Charge in an attempt to return to the Association.
Perkins, who won an NBA championship with the Celtics in 2007-08, was waived by the Cavaliers during the preseason and agreed to join the NBAGL to work his way back to the NBA.
“I just had to throw my pride aside and come down here and just lace my boots up,” Perkins told gleague.nba.com. “At the end of the day, it’s a no-ego type of situation. I just want to keep trying to do things to improve, to get better, and to get to the next goal – getting back to the NBA.”
“I didn’t know what to expect. Mentally, I had to prepare myself,” added Perkins. “It’s not bad, like some people may assume, it’s a great situation. You get to compete at a high level, they give you a nice apartment to live in, and the rest kind of takes care of itself.”
Perkins, a 6-10, 270-pound center is averaging 12.2 points and a team-leading 8.2 boards this season for the Charge.
Canton coach Nate Reinking enjoys having Perkins on the team.
“He loves the game and loves being a leader. Day in and day out the example he sets in our organization is just incredible,” said Reinking. “It just shows how much he loves the game and how much he wants to get back [to the NBA].”
The No. 27 overall pick in the 2003 Draft directly out of high school, Perkins has averaged 5.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 13 NBA seasons with the Celtics, Thunder, Cavs and Pelicans.
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