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Kendrick Perkins rips LeBron for tweet about Blake dunk

Feb 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

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When I spoke to Kendrick Perkins right after the game against the Clippers where Blake Griffin threw down the dunk of the year on him, he didn’t know what had happened. Oh, he knew he’d been dunked on spectacularly and he accepted that as part of the game when you are a shot blocker. But he had no idea how the dunk had already gone viral.

Perkins still graciously accepts the outcome of the play — but he’s pissed about the reaction from LeBron James. LeBron thought he had the dunk of the year leaping over John Lucas the night before, but tweeted this right after Griffin’s dunk:

Dunk of the Year! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!!! Wow! I guess I’m No. 2 now. Move over #6.”

Perkins told Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports Tuesday:

“You don’t see Kobe [Bryant] tweeting,” Perkins said. “You don’t see Michael Jordan tweeting. If you’re an elite player, plays like that don’t excite you. At the end of the day, the guys who are playing for the right reasons who are trying to win championships are not worrying about one play.

“They also are not tweeting about themselves talking about going down to No. 2. I just feel [James] is always looking for attention and he wants the world to like him.”

Ouch. And Perkins isn’t totally wrong here. Not from his view.

LeBron wants basketball to be fun for him, like it was when he felt like he owned the world in high school. He went to Miami to help recreate that atmosphere (play with Dwyane Wade, own Miami). It’s why he didn’t like the villain role last year. He does want to be liked.

LeBron’s tweet is an extension of that. But at the NBA level the game is different and more serious. Perkins sees winning as fun and the goal, anything short of that is failure, and there should be no distractions on that road. Like who has the best dunk. Different world views with those two. LeBron is trying to have fun, Perkins sees a guy distracted.

But it’s going to be fun when they meet and LeBron drives the lane and Perkins is there. We know this much about Perk — he’s not backing down.

  1. bhester1906 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Way to breathe life back into your poster Perk.

  2. volcom2143 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Perkins is so soft . He might talk a big game but the dude Is so overrated and not nearly as dominant as he could be with that size and frame . I hate having to hear he is an enforcer . No way . He hid behind KG that’s all .

    • sellahh - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      Id not say he’s soft as in Pau Gasol soft but youre absolutely right in terms of him being overrated. Dude gets benched an awful lot in favor of who… oh Nick Collison one of the top bigmen out there. Perkins has got no springs, no offensive game to speak of and hes a very average shot blocker. All he’s good for is some trashtalking and staredown.
      He sure benefited from playing with KG.
      Too bad people around here and well, people altogether, are just dumb followers of whatever they read and if they read Perkins is a beast, they sure think he is.

  3. qcking - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM ur sayn if lebron didnt tweet he would be an elite player??

  4. teehov843 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    When does OKC and the Cryami Heat play? “Can’t wait”…(My Bart Scott voice)…..

    • sellahh - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Oh god i can’t wait too. Ever with Perkins being overrated, he sure is good for some hardfouls out there. I cant help but hope one would end in DWade or LBJ getting seriously injured.

      • miamatt - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        Really? Is your life so sad and empty that you wish for two men whom you’ve never met suffer a serious injury? I actually just patched your comment through the universal translator and it reads as follows:

        “Oh god my team sucks, I wish we could have even one player as good as Wade or Lebron. The only thing I can dream of is something bad happening to others. My genitals are small and mis-shapen.”

      • sellahh - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Sigh. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • southbeachtalent - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        sellahh, your a low life.

        Just beyond scum.

        Hope that karma bites right back.

      • philtration - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        If Wade or LeBron were injured, do you think another player would mock them about it like they did to Dirk Nowitzki?

      • BrownsTown - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        Then southbeachtalent would just come off the end of the bench and start lighting it up. He plays for the Heat, you know.

      • sellahh - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        Shots are being fired on a daily basis it seems. Hahaha please keep it coming. Cheers!

  5. jayzus - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Even when he gives credit for a good dunk LeBron still gets criticized.

    “Perk wont back down” like that matters.

  6. jonka - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Wow. Perkins was spot on.

    • david8726 - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      Erm, no. He was an oversensitive little fairy about the whole thing.

      Lots of players commented on that dunk, but he picked LeBron to rip on because LeBron is an easy target to rip on.

  7. dylude - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    This article is less about Perkins and more about Lebron….

    He’s mentally weak. Don’t call him an “assassin”, “cold blooded” or “warrior”. Just call him “athletic” because that’s what he is. A great athlete & a talented basketball player but that doesn’t make you a great basketball player.

  8. natezarzycki1 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    kendrick is just pissed he got super dunked on.

  9. cuejay - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Perkins is too sensitive. Lebron enjoys playing basketball and LOVES the game. He is genuinely a FAN of the game. So plays that would excite a FAN, excite him because he is a FAN. The fact that he tweeted about it is just him sharing with his followers his feelings on the dunk as a FAN. Its not like Lebron shared some NBA secret or talked about Perkins personally or his family or something. He commented on a dunk that anyone could have seen.

    Personally, the dunk was nice but it had no thump. Griffin was so far away from the rim and so high up that he through the ball down through the hoop like trash into a trash can. Like, he barely touched the rim. Think about when John Starks dunked on Jordan. That’s FOR REAL getting dunked on…

  10. Amadeus - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM


  11. thraiderskin - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    I’m a nominal NBA fan and can not understand why posterizing is such a big deal. Pretty much what people are saying is, “you are a joke, because you actually did your job, like a man, and actually attempted to stop the opponent.” My understanding to be defensive is to stand in the way, no matter the outcome. If I’m Perkins, next time Griffin comes at me in the middle, I’m stiff arming his ass into the wood, I believe it would be worth the flagarant technical. In the end, Griffin made a good play by THROWING the ball down into the hoop, but Perkins did his job trying to stop it, like a man!

  12. gv1221 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Didn’t many players comment on the dunk?

  13. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    The entire twitter verse (yes, I just said twitter verse) commented on that dunk. It was all over Sports Center. All over every afternoonTalking Head show on ESPN. Every sports website.

    But LeBron gets ripped.

    Any thought that NBA players shouldn’t question other players’ desire or commitment to winning?

  14. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Doesn’t LeBron’s tweet indicate that besides being a great player, he’s also a fan of the game? Isn’t it a cool thing that he gets excited over the same stuff e get excited about?

    We all know that everyone gets dunked on. That college kid dunked on LeBron a couple years ago and it was national news. It’s okay Perk. We know you’re a good player.

    • teehov843 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Yeah the college kid (Jordan Crawford who plays with the wizards now) dunked on Lebron and he ordered Nike to get rid of the video so no one would see it..What a phony. Everybody says Kobe is selfish and self centered, what about LeBron? Think about it yall, everybody wants him to at least compete in 1 slam dunk contest(as every great dunker has done) but he won’t because he’s scared to lose. What a chump! Always running from a challenge is not gonna get you anywhere in life or on the basketball court. He’s a great player though! I ain’t hatin, i’m just stating! LOL!!!

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        LeBron was in Cleveland when he told Nike to take down the video. He was a selfish prick back then.

        But ever since July 6, 2010, LeBron has been on my favorite team. Therefore, has done no wrong; and anyone who says anything even remotely negative about him is a complete idiot with no understanding of the game or of human behavior.

        5-7 years from now, when he signs with the Knoicks; he’ll be a prick again.

    • philtration - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Bad example.
      LeBron did not handle getting dunked on by that kid very well.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        Like I said. LeBron played for Cleveland back then. That’s just the type of guy he was.

  15. raven410 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I have to agree with Perks here.

  16. cantonbound13 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    LeBron is proof that money can not buy class. Look at his past actions 1. Not shaking hands with Magic players after losing a playoff series. 2. The decision show. 3. The pep rally with his boyfriends. 4. His tweets.

    • africanballer - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      if you could just hate LeBron it would make sense, because your reasons for hating the guy don’t make sense at all

  17. berbes - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    i’ve always thought of laboob as #2.

  18. jjacks1122 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Is it “ripping” if you are stating the truth? He seems to be more at peace with the dunk that this article makes it seem. It’s going to happen to all shot blockers at some point.

  19. goforthanddie - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    leb tries too hard at being liked, which fails. He also doesn’t try hard enough at his job where trying harder would make him more liked, or at least more respected. Go figure.

  20. philtration - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Tweeting is for 13 year-old girls.

  21. mecos47 - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    i seen that dunk in 3-D it was sick…i thought i was the one getting dunked on.

  22. pastortodd78 - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    @cuejay. John Starks dunking on Jordan was a definite posterization. But Pippen and I believe Horace Grant were also right there and Starks did his dunk left handed. Not bad for a kid that was sacking groceries not long before that.

    • philtration - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      And then the Bulls won the series and went on to win another championship.
      Congratulations to John Starks for his 15 minutes of fame.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      And to be honest it wasn’t on Jordan, he shifted over to help. He was just in the frame.

  23. wherezwaldo - Feb 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    it wasnt even a dunk

  24. silvrwrx - Feb 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Hey perk you also don’t see Dwight Howard getting posterized by every super star. BTW superstars don’t care about what people tweet.

  25. ogre2010 - Feb 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    EXCELLENT take Kendrick!!

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