May 26th, 2011
As with the Rays and their unlikely journey from worst-to-first, the Celtics’ Process was sound, even in defeat. They knew their center wasn’t 100%, and they wanted a player they could keep beyond this season. They also surveyed the NBA landscape, and saw that their biggest threats were no longer the Magic and Lakers—two teams with dominant big men who required a stout interior defender to ward them off—but rather the Bulls and Heat, two perimeter-oriented teams who could best be countered by a big, versatile wing player who could help them at both ends.
Jonah Keri, for GQ.com, on why the Celtics made the right move with Kendrick Perkins.