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Perkins' rehab a team effort

With assists from doctors, a cadaver and Wes Welker, C's center stays positive

Updated: November 15, 2010, 7:51 PM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Kendrick Perkins can now look ahead -- optimistically and realistically -- to the day he will again play basketball for the Celtics. He said that day is not that far away; he's pointing to a mid- to late-January return date.

When he does return, he'll have many people to thank for getting him through the recovery process of major knee surgery. But two stand out: Wes Welker of the New England Patriots and a deceased man whose identity will forever remain unknown.

Perkins ...

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