Magic coach Stan Van Gundy reacts to Celtics trading Kendrick PerkinsPosted by Inside Hoops
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports:
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy was surprised — and he said so.
“That was interesting,” Van Gundy said after the Magic completed their shootaround to prepare to play the Thunder tonight.
“I have always said to you guys that nothing really shocks me in this league. I don’t know if it shocked me, but Perkins being traded surprised me. I was taken aback by that a little bit because I know how much they liked him in Boston. I know for a fact that their coaches liked him and thought he was a big part of it. He was a big, big part of their whole identity and the way they played. He was a big part of their toughness. He gave ‘em a physical presence. He was a defensive-first guy. He didn’t need the ball on a team of stars.
“I think they decided they’ve still got Shaq, so they’ve got size, and that they’re good enough defensively with the other people that their defense wouldn’t be compromised too much. And then I think they thought they could make some offensive improvements — my guess is to try to get more space on the floor for [Rajon] Rondo and for [Paul] Pierce. Jeff Green is a guy who can give ‘em depth at the three but he can play the four and spread out the floor. If you go back to their championship year, they went small a lot.”