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Here we go again: Udonis Haslem calls Thunder’s Perkins “fake tough guy”

Apr 5, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

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Our own Ira Winderman has the report:

While both James and Haslem downplayed Westbrook’s foul as one of exuberance in the heat of the moment, Haslem pointedly took umbrage to Perkins’ shove against Wade.

Recall, earlier this season Perkins derided James for drawing attention to Blake Griffin‘s highlight-of-the-season dunk on Perkins. Perkins also has a push-come-to-shove history with the Heat dating to his tenure with the Boston Celtics.

That had Haslem firing back on his radio appearance.

“I think sometimes people just use the TVs and the cameras and the crowd, you know, to put on a show,” Haslem said of Perkins. “I don’t think he’s all that he shows out there on the court.

Haslem said that Perkins wouldn’t play the way he does on the NBA court “in the park.” Haslem and Perkins verbally sparred with each other multiple times on Wednesday, and Perkins picked up his 12th technical of the season — if Perkins gets one more, he will be suspended for a game.

After the game, Wade told the media that the Heat are not “fake tough guys” — as Winderman points out, Kevin Durant called Chris Bosh one of the league’s “fake tough guys” last season.

To me, this is all a bit tiresome — Wade, Bosh, Haslem, and Perkins may or may not be fake tough guys, but they’re all real basketball players, and that’s what people should be focusing on when they take the court for their teams, who both seem to be on their way to long playoff runs in the coming months.

  1. mikeewright7 - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    I dont agree with Chris BOsh being a “fake tough guy”
    However if someone mentioned he was gay/suspect then ill be like yep lol

    • lmoneyfresh - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      What the hell does that have to do with anything? Dumbass post of the day…

  2. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    This is so boring.

  3. sellahh - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Well, Haslem, Wade and Perkins are sure tough as nails on the basketball court which I’m not sure can be said about Bosh. I wanted to post about how tough they really are but as a lot of bball players said before (Kobe included) – no one is a fighter in this league because they know they can get away with as much crap as they like.
    And I’m a Laker fan and Miami hater, Perkins is an intimidator out there on the court and for all I know Wade and Haslem won’t back down from one. But this is all on-court stuff so lets please stop discussing who’s tough and who’s not judging on TV broadcast, thanks, aprreciated very much.

  4. jjordannba - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Ben Wallace is the Toughest guy in modern NBA

    • mikeewright7 - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      and Ron Artest

      • david8726 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        And Chris Quinn.

    • letangusespertplus - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:19 AM

      Chris Childs ghost still haunts Kobe. Is that modern NBA?

  5. jh4prez - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    The worst part about that game was watching lebron and knowing durant forced him to be great saddens me that i dont get to see my”cleveland”lebron every game.he only seems to want to DOMINATE when forced into least he sealed the deal.this time.LLTK!!

  6. boilerup1869 - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Brian Scalabrine would **** up every clown mentioned in this article and the comments.

    • sellahh - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      Yup, not even a contest.
      Can’t wait for Scalabrine – Klitschko fight.

      • boilerup1869 - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

        I can tell you who I got my money on

      • sellahh - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:02 PM

        Well, it’s 1.03 betting course on Scal and 3.9 on Klitschko, I’m not quite sure it’s worth betting because there always might be an upset.

  7. thevza - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    The way I see it there’s only one way to settle this…. Six-Man Tag Team match on Monday Night Raw! Oh wait, is that fake too?

  8. lakerluver - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    All of them are “fake” tough guys. Most of these dudes would be beeatches in the 80’s and 90’s.

  9. bozosforall - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    The real “Fake Tough Guy” is Kevin Garnett. I GUARANTEE you that KG wouldn’t dare tick off Perkins in a game. Perk would crush that skinny punk like a bug.

    • gonzomyk - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      this is hilarious they used to be teammates and are friends you know.

      • bozosforall - Apr 5, 2012 at 11:33 PM

        They aren’t teammates anymore. And if KG were ever to try anything Perkins would crush him.

  10. connaniii - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    They just don´t make them like Charles Oakley anymmore!

    • tibbs7 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      I remember when after being picked by the Bulls and finding out that Jordan led the team in rebounding saying “That the last time a guard will lead this team in rebounding.” Pretty stout for a rook. Then he just continued to get tougher.

  11. detroitcityryda - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Heat are fake tough guys ,james ,wade bosh are faker than a 2$ bill ,Westbrook is a punk always doing His gun shooting crap like he’s on wwe or something kid is so full of him self . Durant is the only one that plays and acts the right way .

    • boilerup1869 - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      I agree with everything this man is saying.

    • Eric Miller - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      you sir are a heat hater, plain as day

    • cullenand99 - Apr 5, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      You do there IS a 2 dollar bill, right?

      • cullenand99 - Apr 5, 2012 at 11:12 PM


  12. md23rewlz - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    But…but…Perkins glares at stuff. Doesn’t that make you tough? So confused.

    • letangusespertplus - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:22 AM

      He gets technical fouls for jumping at pump fakes too. GOES HAM

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