Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 1/17/12

When it comes to homecomings on Monday night, Lamar Odom stole Kendrick Perkins’ thunder – or Oklahoma City Thunder in this case.

But while Odom’s Dallas Mavericks fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in his first return to the Staples Center since being sold up the river to the Mavs, it’s clear Boston still belongs to Perkins and the Celtics no doubt miss a little bit of everything about the big man.

Blame the Celtics getting up there in age for their constant losing ways this season, but let’s be clear: life hasn’t been the same since Perkins shoved Nate Robinson in his suitcase and was traded to Okie City in exchange for Jeff Green last February.

Truth is, Perkins misses Boston too and fends off his “emotional breakdown” on the regular.

“I love Oklahoma — but being here for eight years and winning a championship, it’s hard to replace it,” Perkins said after the game.

“It’s hard. It ain’t like something you can just let go. It’s definitely a difficult situation.”

After the video montage stopped rolling and the standing ovation was over, Perkins, put emotions aside and finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds in the Thunder’s 97-88 win. He can now move on with these two franchises experiencing separate highs and lows this season.

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