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Kendrick Perkins has some interesting comments about Russell Westbrook

Jan 24, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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Kendrick Perkins is an interesting sort of guy. He’s constantly scowling on the court, racking up technical fouls and getting into it with opponents. But off the court? He’s a friendly dude. He even smiles every now and then. So when Perkins talks about his teammate Russell Westbrook being two entirely different people on and off the court, he’s speaking from experience. He knows what it’s like to maintain an on-court persona, even if it doesn’t blend with you actually are away from the hardwood.

That makes Perkins pretty qualified to understand and comment on Westbook’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde act, and he did just that to ESPN.com’s Justin Verrier:

“He’s night and day how he is off the court,” said Kendrick Perkins. “On the court, just joking here, but you want to strangle him a little bit. But he’s night and day. He gets in a zone, man, and he just feels like he’s the best player on the court. Seriously.”

Via ESPN.com | Justin Verrier

It’s not hard to believe that there are times when Perkins wants to strangle Westbrook for taking a contested pull-up 22 footer in traffic with 18 seconds left on the shot clock. He’s a maddening player to watch, but you sort of have to let him be him. Even though he’s made strides as a distributor, when it’s knuckle-up time, you better believe Westbrook thinks he’s the guy that’s most well-equipped to bring home a win.

Perkins isn’t a stranger to dealing with confident, unrelenting point guards. After all, he played with Rajon Rondo in Boston — another lightning rod player. Although the two have very different playing styles, they evoke similar emotions with the way they conduct themselves on the court. They’re both just kind of…what’s the word I’m looking for? Help me out, Kendrick.

“They definitely different [from other point guards],” Perkins said. “They both some divas. In a good way though.”

That’s it! Divas in a good way. Westbrook and Rondo are both unapologetic, in your face types of players, and that’s not what we typically associate point guards with. They aren’t running the show — they are the show. That attitude makes them great, but it also destines them for a career of rubbing people the wrong way. That’s never going to change.

And that’s why diva is the perfect word, even if it has a negative connotation. Westbrook and Rondo know who they are, and they make no apologies for it. They take pride in it — just like a diva would. You love ‘em or hate ‘em. I don’t know which guy is Diana Ross and which is Mariah Carey in this analogy, but hey, Perkins is still spot on with his analysis.

  1. nicosanchez02 - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Kinda like that guy on the lakers # 24 kind of way. But that guy has 5 rings.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Wesbrook is well on his way to a championship. Perkins is not the reason. Two words: Kevin Durant. Say no more. They’ll have to beat the Heat to win it all.

      • rohlo - May 17, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        actually thye needed to beat memphis to get to the wcf’s and as u know now that didnt happen/!lmO

    • dacapt704 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      difference is..Kobe deferred to Shaq for the greater good (Chips) but I doubt Westbrook ever will defer to Durantula

    • gepsep - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:55 AM

      And he is 35 and this guy is what? 22 or 23? Way to make an argument, man!

  2. sportsnut101 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    perkins should just shut it n actually do sumthin for this team i can get the guy from the ymca to give fouls n get 2 rebounds a game he sucks on the off end n def nick collison is better

    i honestly hope the thunder would trade perkins how bout the timeout perks called after a made freethrow when he first game to the team i think it was in playoffs the coach jumped down his throat they overpaid for him seriously hes a good guy to have off the bench at the 8 th spot

    • bougin89 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Comments like this make me cringe. The English language isn’t that complicated…

  3. BigBeachBall - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Perkins jumpshot is almost as ugly as jokem noahs

  4. brotherlove2012 - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    @nicosanchez02 What an asinine comment! Was there any reference to Kobe in this article? Why do you need to bring Kobe up in this? Not everything is revolving around Kobe and the Lakers you know ,,,

    • patrick800series - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      because Kobe is the Queen of all Divas!!!!!!

    • cordae - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Normally I’d be with you on the whole “asinine comment” thing but as soon as Kurt said “Westbrook and Rondo are both unapologetic”. Thats where my mind shot to, because if theres one name in the league thats synonymous with “unapologetic”…its Kobe. He’s who Westbrook put me in the mind of in the playoffs last year at times. It’s kind of crazy seeing another player take on that type of mentality after watching Kobe do have it for the past 17 yearas (the last 10 especially).

  5. davidly - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    It’s not hard to believe that there are times when Perkins wants to strangle Westbrook for taking a contested pull-up 22 footer in traffic with 18 seconds left on the shot clock.
    This is why they won’t get past the Clippers in the playoffs.

    • skinsfanwill - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      And if they do, they still have no answer for Lebron or Wade.

  6. bullsonparade1977 - May 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    gotta get past houston first guys before lebron and company come into play. i would agree with you if they were blowing them outta the water, but h- town has ben close every game so far. and the rockets are too young to know any better that they have no business winning the next 2. if not for perk and ibaka this team would bench 225,… well i won’t even go there… lol. #okc=weak.

  7. rohlo - May 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    houston will be a team to rekon with from this point going forward..youngest team i nthe league and only gonna get better..they remind me of the young talent on the sonics/thunder before thye learned how to win..

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