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Kendrick Perkins recalls unexpected intensity of Lakers-Celts rivalry

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You might think the glory days of the Los Angeles Lakers – Boston Celtics rivalry were in the 1980s, but like former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins, you’d be wrong.

“I flew out to the ESPYs with my wife, and we were on our way back, and man I was waiting on my bags when we landed back in Houston and my bags were all cut up. My shoes and stuff were gone. Everything. I actually was traveling with my Celtic bag that had the Celtic logo on there that said ‘Perkins,’ so at LAX they actually cut up my bag, took my shoes and clothes and everything out of there.”

“That’s how I knew it was a rivalry. And when my bag came, I was like, ‘Man, what happened to my bag?'” concluded the Beaumont native.

There would be some opportunities for revenge later on, but bad luck and injuries would derail Perkins – and the Celtics – opportunities for comeuppance in the years to come.

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