Celtics Honor Kendrick Perkins With Montage in His Return to Boston, Leading to Standing Ovation (Video)


January 16, 2012

Kendrick Perkins returned to TD Garden on Monday night for the first time since being traded to Oklahoma City last February. And the former C's center received a very warm welcome from the Celtics and their fans.

A montage of Perkins was shown on the Garden Jumbotron, which drew a loud ovation from the Celtic faithful. The montage ended with a message reading, "Thank you Perk," during which the longtime Celtic acknowledged the appreciative crowd.

Perkins, of course, played seven-plus seasons with the Celtics and proved to be a key component of the team's success, particularly its championship in 2008. In fact, some believe that had Perkins not been forced to sit out Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Lakers because of a knee injury, the team would've held on to capture banner No. 18.

Either way, Perkins became a leader and a fan favorite during his Boston tenure, so Monday's love affair was no surprise. As Doc Rivers noted this past weekend, Perk is a "Celtic for life."

Check out the montage and standing ovation in the video below, courtesy of ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg.

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