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Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins faces assault charge in Houston

Oct 10, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

Kendrick Perkins AP

Kendrick Perkins was not at the Thunder’s practice facility Thursday as he was dealing with an assault charge from an incident over the summer in Houston, reports Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman.

This is a recently filed misdemeanor charge.

Perkins, who is accused of punching a woman and her brother, posted a $1,000 bond Thursday morning…

“We were made aware of the allegations,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti in a statement. “It is something we take seriously and are gathering more information. We will have no further comment at this time.”

According to KHOU.com, which cites court documents, the incident happened outside of Nox nightclub. The case was initially dismissed, but Perkins and his brother-in-law, Quincy Alpough, were both charged when it was re-filed.

If you read the entire report, it sounds like the car with Perkins and friends collided with another car of people leaving the club, and rather than a polite exchange of insurance information there was a fight with both men and women involved.

This is not going to help the public reputation of Perkins, who is already not exactly a fan favorite of anyone in Oklahoma City not named Scott Brooks. A lot of Thunder fans wanted Perkins amnestied after a terrible playoffs last season (he had a PER of -0.6). While Perkins brings a real scowl to the game his role is to defend traditional centers, and there are fewer of those in the league now.

Perkins said he looked himself in the mirror after last year’s playoff performance and will come back a better player. We’ll see. This latest incident is just another blow to his image in a very tight-knit city and fan base.

  1. pfic15 - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Most offense he’s shown in years.

    • gotchangeforadollar - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      Lol! This is why I checked the comments section.

    • spthegr8 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      @pfic
      ROTFLMFAO!!!!!!!! He is the definition of “Self Checked”!!!

    • loungefly74 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      winner of best comment for the month.

  2. pfic15 - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Please amnesty this WASTE of space.

    • spursareold - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Too late. There is a window in the summer, and then not again until next summer.

      • pfic15 - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        Good point. CUT this waste of space!

  3. antistratfordian - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Punching a woman? I find that unlikely, unless it was his wife. I’ll give Perkins the benefit of the doubt on this one. Mo money mo problems.

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      I bet he was exchanging knuckle sammiches with the guy and his lady stepped in when she shouldn’t have and caught a heymaker.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        That was a jumbo sandwich if Perkins made it.

      • kb2408 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Perhaps….

  4. drago2012 - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    This guy is NOT a basketball player. He has no game. They can pick up a fat 350 lb guy from the fans in Oklahoma city on nightly basis and just make him stand in the paint and just flail his arms from time to time!!!

    • edwardemanuelson - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      For cheaper too!

  5. johngalt1783 - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    “While Perkins brings a real scowl to the game his role is to defend traditional centers, and there are fewer of those in the league now.”

    I believe this statement is misleading. There may be fewer traditional Centers starting in the NBA but that is because teams no longer start lousy traditional Centers if they have a more mobile Big man to play in the middle.

    However, as far as quality traditional Centers there are probably more now than in any time in recent memory if not ever. Howard, Hibbert, Pekovic, Valanciunas (will be) Drummond, Bogut, Asik, B. Lopez, D. Jordan, E. Kanter, A. Jefferson to name just 11 quality traditional Centers. If Oden returns that is 12. Bynum would be 13 if he ever plays again. All of them are good to all-star level players. All are 6’11” or more and weigh 260 lbs plus. Just because they can put the ball on the floor does not mean they are not traditional Big men. Kareem could put the ball on the floor and even Bill Russell and to a lesser extent Chamberlain all had decent handles for a big man.

    I don’t recall the NBA ever having this many quality traditional Centers at one time as it has now. Teams that can’t find a quality traditional Center go with a talented mobile Big man in the Center spot like Noah rather than play a lousy traditional Center, except the Thunder.

    The only change I see in this are is if a team doesn’t have a quality traditional Big man to play in the Center spot they go with a more mobile quality Big man rather than a lousy traditional Center

    • johngalt1783 - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      I forgot the Gasol brothers both of whom are at least 6’11” and 260 lbs and play with their back to basket. Not always but enough.

      Just because a player 6’11” or taller and 260 lbs or more than put the ball on the floor does and have a bit of an outside shot does not mean he is not a traditional Center. It just means that he is a better version of a traditional Center.

  6. kb2408 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    He has done any “damage” on the court since…since…EVER! I guess he figured he’d do a little off the court. Hitting a woman? I certainly hope this is not true. Honestly, based strictly on his lack of on court production, I’m surprised he’s still in the league. He’s arguably the league’s worst player.

  7. boondocksaint224 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    It’s a good thing OKC chose not to amnesty this guy when they had the chance to hold onto James Harden, and instead opted to trade Harden for a pile of detritus.

  8. justlife4me - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    this site fabwags has Mikeeta Cotton’s photos http://fabwags.com/exclusive-photos-mikeetta-cotton-nba-kendrick-perkins-fender-bender/ Yikes, poor girl!

  9. cjpunk15 - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    I wonder if will have that bewildered look on his face when he’s in front of the judge.. You know the look I’m talking about whenever he gets called for a foul LOL

  10. reesesteel23 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Shoved the chick out of the way….punched the brother for flapping his gums…

    The next morning headline reads: Perkins punches woman AND her brother

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