Celtics Alum, NBA Champion Re-Ups With ESPN


Boston Celtics alums Kendrick Perkins and Paul Pierce poses before a game.

In recent years, the Boston Celtics have seen more of their former players become trusted voices on national NBA television broadcasts than most teams. Paul Pierce’s recent Instagram faux pas notwithstanding.

Among the multitude of former players with ties to the Celtics to get into the broadcast game, Kendrick Perkins stands apart as one of the loudest voices in hoops punditry. Whether he’s right or wrong about a particular issue, the basketball world takes note whenever the 14-year NBA vet has a take.

As a player, Perkins was well-known for his toughness and tenacity on the court. Regardless of the obstacles he faced on a nightly basis, the 6-foot-10 center was never going to back down from a challenge.

That continues to be the case in his second career as a studio analyst and commentator.

On Friday,

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A player who potentially could be of interest to the Celtics has become available.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on Wednesday revealed San Antonio and LaMarcus Aldridge have mutually agreed to part ways. Aldridge either will be dealt by the NBA’s March 25 trade deadline or the Spurs will buy him out.

As league insider Brian Windhorst explained Thursday morning on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” an Aldridge trade won’t be easy to facilitate given his contract situation. But Boston, however, is one of the teams currently capable of dealing for the veteran big man.

“Over the next two weeks, we’re going to hear a lot about power forwards because they’re very desired in the market,” Windhorst said. “We’re also going to hear about the cost of renting players. That’s where LaMarcus Aldridge fits — a power forward who is available for rental. He makes $24 million, it’s a very hard

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Celtics great Paul Pierce not a fan of Heat rookie Tyler Herro’s ‘bucket’ nickname

Paul Pierce not a fan of Tyler Herro’s ‘bucket’ nickname originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Tyler Herro was unstoppable for the Miami Heat in their Game 4 Eastern Conference finals win over the Boston Celtics, but Paul Pierce needs to see more from the rookie.

Herro dropped 37 points to push the C’s to the brink of elimination. The performance sent social media into a frenzy, with many bringing the 20-year-old’s “bucket” moniker to the forefront.

The Kentucky product has often referred to himself as a “bucket” due to his shooting ability. Just check out the video below of Herro doing it in 2019.

While Herro’s nickname was undoubtedly accurate in Game 4, Pierce isn’t buying it just yet.

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During Friday night’s NBA on ESPN broadcast, Pierce made it clear he won’t be calling Herro a “bucket” any time soon.

“I can’t

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