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Kendrick Perkins not worried about Lakers, his starting spot, any of your petty concerns

Sep 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Kendrick Perkins is still recovering from the wrist injury that hampered him during the playoffs last year. Which means during the preseason we are going to see a lot of Cole Aldrich, Hasheem Thabeet and anyone else vying to be his backup at the five (Daniel Orton, for one).

Early this past summer there had been a buzz the Thunder might amnesty Perkins to make it less painful on them when it came time o re-sign James Harden. Then the Lakers went out and traded for Dwight Howard and now Perkins seems an essential counter the Thunder must keep.

Perkins, he doesn’t worry about any of that. You mortals may worry, but Perkins is confident and fearless and doesn’t share your petty concerns. Start with the Lakers, for example, here is what Perkins told the Oklahoman.

“I knew the hype was going to be over there on (the Lakers) and all that. But I’m glad the attention is off us because we’re the type that likes to put our hard hats on and do stuff and keep it under the radar. And at the end of the day, when you look at the box score, Oklahoma won. That’s the way we like to keep it….

“We are the Western Conference champs,” Perkins said. “So at the end of the day, we’re not chasing nobody except for the ring. We’re chasing Miami to get a championship. It’s no guarantee who is going to be where. But we earned the Western champs so we’re not chasing the Lakers, we’re chasing a championship and that’s what it’s about.”

What about all those guys chasing Perkins for minutes? Again, your concern not his. From a separate Oklahoman interview:

“We’re all teammates, but at the end of the day, the center position over here is mine and that’s the way we’re going to keep it,” said Perkins, wearing a brace on his left wrist. “Any other way, backup minutes or whatever they want to go about, that’s their problem. Once I hit the court, I’m going to make it known — and it’s going to be known — that that’s mine.

“It’s no beef, but at the end of the day, that’s what it is.”

You really need to re-read that last quote while picturing Perkins’ scowl. The man can still be intimidating.

  1. 00maltliquor - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Of course he’s going to say that. That’s typical Perkins bravado. Anything less wouldn’t be Perk. His freakin’ house could be on fire and he would still say he doesn’t give a f___.

    He better start caring about more then just defense and intangibles because he’s just godawful in everything else and with what he’s getting paid and all those young C’s with upside breathing down his neck mixed with the need to re-sign Harden to a max contract, he shouldn’t be so cocky. Go grab a rebound for Christ sakes, Perk! Your time is ending very soon in OKC.

    I bet you anything that when the Thunder amnesty him, look for the Celtics to be there waiting.

  2. paleihe - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    This dude is so overrated, it’s not even funny.

    • hwatt - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      I’d half disagree. He earned his rep w/the Celtics as he was battling bynum and gasol under the basket w/the Lakers.

      Then the injuries happened, which is why he was cast off. And now the road to a championship goes through the super-mobile Bosh, who Perkins isn’t guarding well anytime ever. These two facts are corrupting his legacy.

      D12 probably saved his job, though, so he can sit under center and be appreciated when it counts… as long as he sits in any Heat matchups after the Lakers.

      • paleihe - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        Well, I’d dispute your point that Perkins battled Bynum, since Bynum was basically an injured dud in the two championships. Perkins, and Garnett basically, did a good job on Gasol in 08…not so much in 2010.

        I think he’s overrated since he’s not that great a defender, doesn’t block shots or rebound well, and although D12 did save his job, he’s not that good at guarding D12.

        I just looked up stats on Howard vs. Perkins,
        Reg Season (Howard):
        16pt, 52% FG, 54% FT

        Playoffs (Howard):
        18.9 pt, 55% FG, 54% FT

        IMHO, I’d rather have Ibaka, someone who’s also athletic, guard D12, as opposed to a lumbering Perkins.

      • sellahh - Sep 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM

        Perkins earned his tough-as-nails reputation due to winning a chip with 4 future HOFers and referees not calling his blatant fouls on Howard so now he’s known as some kind of Dwight-stopper for no apparent reason and he’s no more than an average NBA center with no offensive game and average shotblocking and rebounding skills.

  3. raidmagic - Sep 17, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Perk owns Howard. I was happy to see him traded when Howard was in Orlando

  4. GymAlien - Sep 17, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Perkins despite his size (or even injury) limitations is one of the best centers in the league. Just goes to show how old school (’90’s Detroit/ Rodman/Mahorn/Laimbeer down and dirty) basketball wins even in the 21st century. I still can not comprehend how the Celtics let him go??? He is the PERFECT compliment to the other more thoroughbred type Thunder players.
    GymAlien said so.

  5. steelers4385 - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I agree with first comment. Its almost sickening how overrated he is. Id rather have Yao Ming with a broken foot out there.

  6. loungefly74 - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    oooohhh…i disagree Perk…the bullseye is on the Thunder..the clock HAS been ticking…another year without a ring (they have ummm….0) would be very, very bad for OKC.

    i see Perk as a “specialty” player. don’t expect too much out of him on a day to day basis…but he will do some damage in pivotal moments.

  7. manchestermiracle - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Does he get paid by a sponsor for saying “At the end of the day?” He’d better hope his basketball skills aren’t as eroded as his speaking ability. Four “end of the day” throw-aways in those two short quotes. Sheesh, what a cliche whore.

    Howard regularly ate Perk’s lunch when Perkins played for Boston. Don’t see that changing at all. And now Howard has real players around him.

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