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Nuggets call out Thunder as “cocky,” Thunder confused

Apr 15, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

Oklahoma City Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins (5) And Denver Nuggets Center Nene (31) From Brazil Go Toe To Toe AP

Kevin Perkins was supposed to bring more than just defense and rebounding to Oklahoma City, he was supposed to bring some snarl.

Call it attitude or swagger or whatever you want, he was supposed to bring a little of that “it” championship teams have to the Thunder.

The Nuggets have a word for it — cocky. That’s what was reported in the Oklahoman.

Reserve point guard Raymond Felton on Monday went on the record with Denver reporters saying he hoped to draw the Thunder in the opening round. Felton, according to the Denver Post, said he felt like his team owed Oklahoma City because the Thunder was talking trash in the teams’ final two regular season meetings, both Thunder wins. Nuggets coach George Karl was even more candid. Karl was quoted as saying, “There’s no question there’s a cockiness to Oklahoma City.”

The Thunder have so far played the role of fresh-faced young up-and-comers everyone loves. In the locker room they joked around but were not a team that talked a lot of trash through the press. They were taken aback by the charge.

But Perkins didn’t exactly back down.

“We haven’t (done anything) but win basketball games,” Perkins said. “But if you feel that way, the only thing you can do is do something about it. If not then be quiet.”

Durant made a point to explain the difference between playing with fire versus poking fun at an opponent following the final buzzer. It suggested there was indeed some sort of in-game smack being tossed about.

“You can’t be too nice in this league,” Durant said. “I guess that’s what they’re referring to. But we don’t do any talking in the media. I make sure guys don’t do any of that. So I don’t see where they get those comments from.”

Denver against Oklahoma City was already going to be one of the better first-round matchups. A little bad blood makes it all the more interesting. And you can bet there will be some trash talking on the court now.

  1. okcallday - Apr 15, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Kevin Perkins, Kurt? The 2010 NBA scoring champion-former starting Celtics center?

  2. okcallday - Apr 15, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Kevin Perkins, Kurt? The 2010 NBA scoring champion-former starting Celtics center?

  3. jolink653 - Apr 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    nice didn’t realize the thunder signed kendrick perkins’s twin brother for the playoff run

    • denverhoopdreams - Apr 15, 2011 at 6:05 PM

      Perkins’s… nice.

  4. denverhoopdreams - Apr 15, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Nuggets in 6.

  5. thetooloftools - Apr 15, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Start swinging when the ball tips… all this is smack talk.
    Sack up or shut up !

  6. inthedrinksc - Apr 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    I love where Durant says he won’t let the guys talk trash in the media. KD is a breath of fresh air.

  7. footballisking - Apr 15, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    very suprised to hear Karl take a shot at okc..(brooks used to work under him) and brooks has never said one bad word about Karl and has gone out of his way to praise everything he learned from him

  8. jedicurt - Apr 15, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    “said he felt like his team owed Oklahoma City because the Thunder was talking trash in the teams’ final two regular season meetings”

    really… so you think that you owe Oklahoma City because they were talking trash? how about you owe them because they ended a 7 game losing streak at Denver and then embarrassed you in OKC???

    i love how they aren’t upset with the fact that they couldn’t beat them even once in a week, they are upset because someone was making comments on the floor…. do you want to know the easiest way to get someone to shut up who is giving you crap? WIN

    it’s not cockiness that OKC has, it’s confidence. and they didn’t have the confidence until they found out that they got under your skin so much that you can’t even talk about the upcoming series, you are still upset about what was done on the court during the last two!

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