Thursday afternoon, just before the NBA's trade deadline, the Celtics sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a draft pick. Those players left behind, preparing for a game against the Denver Nuggets, are "seriously hurting" in a silent locker room.
And while we haven't heard from Perkins yet, Robinson spoke with the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn, and said he's talked with Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge, and understand it was a "business move," saying, "it's cool."
"I will never be surprised about anything. Especially with the trades and what everybody else is doing. I had a blast. The fans were great. They welcomed me with open arms. I had tough shoes to fill with Eddie House."
Robinson also discussed what it means to Perkins:
"He's taking it pretty hard because he's been here 8 years. He was real emotional, crying. I feel bad for him. He's been in real tied in with Rondo and other guys on the team. I feel his pain."
"With Perk, everybody thinks he's mean because of how he looks but he's a soft giant. He has a good heart. He's a good person. I told him he's not alone. We're going (to OKC) together. It's not like you'll be by yourself, you got me right by your side. We're going to make it work together."