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Perkins to debut Monday for Thunder, already throwing elbows in West

Mar 14, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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Kendrick Perkins will make his debut as the center for the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday.

The guy brought in to bring the defense and toughness along the back line that the Thunder have lacked will start in his first game for the Thunder and is not on minutes restriction, coach Scott Brooks said (via Royce Young on twitter). Getting a start against the Wizards and Andray Blatche, a guy Perkins is familiar with and can be physical with, seems a good spot.

Even before he stepped on the court, Perkins has been throwing elbows in the Western Conference.

Perkins threw an elbow at the Lakers when interviewed in ESPN the Magazine (via Eye on Basketball).

“Yesterday’s news,” he said. “I don’t like Pau Gasol or Phil Jackson. Phil is arrogant. Pau is soft. Kobe tries to bring out his toughness, but he’s still soft.”

Kevin Durant was asked the same question and his answer was much more diplomatic.

The Thunder could use some of that swagger, that nasty streak Perkins brings to the court. He spent all those years with the Celtics, so you know how he feels about the Lakers. But if he can bring a little of that to Oklahoma City, they are going to be that much better.

  1. zackd2 - Mar 14, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Kobe is fake soft? I bet he’d describe Paul Pierce as a warrior huh?

    • passerby23 - Mar 15, 2011 at 12:47 AM

      He didn’t say Kobe was soft, he said Kobe tries to bring out Pau’s “toughness.” Pierce is a warrior. The guy suits up with all kinds of injuries and never complains or talks about them. Yeah, there was the big leaving the court on a wheelchair thing in the Finals a few years ago, but that was more dramatic than an indication that he’s not a warrior.

      What bothers me about Gasol is the flailing, flopping, and screaming for calls on harmless plays.

      You don’t have to be the best player to speak the truth sometimes. A lot of people hate Phil Jackson for his arrogance and a lot of people think Pau is soft.

      • wfon1 - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

        i read the article in 2 different websites and I also thought he was saying that Kobe was “fake soft”. good observation, dont know how I didnt see it.
        Anyway, I hope the Lakers hurt Perkins again. He’s just mad because they hurt him and that they lost in the Finals. And that they couldnt beat the Lakers with Bynum playing. (sound familiar? “Couldnt beat our starters”?)

  2. dabone1 - Mar 14, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    He was actually referring to Pau being soft and KB trying to bring out Pau’s toughness. Perkins knows better than to call KB soft.

  3. crohrbaugh - Mar 14, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Why would anyone possibly care what an idiot like Perkins thinks?? Pau is 20 times the player he is. I wonder how arrogant Perkins would be with all those rings?

  4. donkeyball - Mar 15, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Perk, now is the perfect time for you to mention that The Lakers still have not beaten The Thunder’s starting five.

    • wfon1 - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      and the Celtics never beat the Lakers with their starting five (with Bynum)

  5. iaintafrate - Mar 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Zach D, clearly reading comprehension isn’t your strong point.

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