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Kendrick Perkins says Kevin Durant should hit the weight room

Jun 18, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT

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Kevin Durant is going to come back a better player next season.

The NBA’s MVP works hard in the off-season to add parts to his game, for example his handles improved, he picked up Dirk Nowitzki’s one-legged fade-away and more. When asked at his exit interview what he would do this year, Durant was vague saying he wanted to improve his overall game.

Kendrick Perkins had a specific idea for KD — add some muscle. Hit the weight room and get stronger. To help his defense, to help his low post game, to help get through the grind of the long season. Perkins explained his logic to Darnell Mayberry at the Oklahoman.

“I feel like he could get stronger, in my opinion,” Perkins said. “I think that would help him a lot. I told him all the good and great players that played the game, from Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, they all put size on them, and it helped them….

“Seems like there was possessions he was tired,” Perkins said of Durant. “But, like I said, I think that’s (when) getting in the weight room plays a factor. Cause then you could let your body take over.”

Would adding muscle help his post game? There is no part of Durant’s offensive game that is weak and that includes the post — he got 9.1 percent of his used possessions there and shot 47 percent, scoring 1.03 points per possession, and he didn’t turn the ball over much (stats via Synergy Sports). He was good on the block. Maybe he could be a little better if he were stronger and could overpower people a little more, but Durant is not at the point in his career where he needs to go to the post much yet. He is still incredibly dangerous on the wing.

But the idea that adding some muscle would help him through the grind of a season where every defense is targeting him makes some sense. Durant has added 25 pounds since he came into the league, according to Mayberry, but there is certainly room to add more.

Just something to watch this summer. Whatever he does, when Durant comes back next season you can be sure his game will have improved.

  1. mp4philly - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    List of what Kendrick Perkins can add to his game:

    -EVERYTHING

    • cantonb0und13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Golden. And the sad part is, he actually does needs to work on EVERYTHING.

      • brookwell2013 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        Never, ever seen a guy miss so many chippies than Perkins….just awful this year.

  2. csbanter - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    and Kendrick should hit a treadmill. KD just won the NBA MVP don’t think his conditioning is the problem. How about the fact Perkins best basketball days were with the Celtics ? #Fatboy

    • tved12 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Using this logic why should Tim Duncan listen to Pop? Pop hasn’t every won an MVP, what would he know?

  3. paleihe - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Kendrick reminds me of Hodor from Game of Thrones.

    • bucrightoff - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      At least Hodor is carrying some weight.

      • paleihe - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Touche sir, touche.

  4. loubearkane - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Durant would have less time to play in social media

  5. robigd - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    You know it’s the off-season when Kendrick Perkins quotes are making headlines.

    Board Member #1: I’ve never heard of half of these guys and the ones I do know are way past their prime.

    Charlie: Most of these guys never had a prime.

  6. blueintown - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Kevin Durant says Kendrick Perkins should hit the road

  7. lenbias34pt - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    It’s a process like everything else, but the truth is EVERY player would benefit from muscle gain.

    I was never a Karl Malone fan, but he was about as big as you can get and he still did have a great touch.

    Players rationalize not lifting by saying it would effect their touch. That is just inaccurate.

  8. ranfan12 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Well I give kendrick a little credit. He came back during the lockout looking like a better man.. I’m not sure about his skills, but he was definitely looking in a lot better shape and lost weight. He knows about hitting the weight room lol

    • detroitbasketballfan - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      I think that might have took away some of his effectiveness because he was an immoveable object and it’s not like his increased speed really helped anything

  9. imakcds - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    the point he’s trying to make is that strength adds to your game, but for some reason, you ALL turn it into a Let’s Bash Kendrick playground.
    Whatever, you are who you are.

    strength does add to your game, but detracts from it also. It depends on what you want to focus on in your game.

    And strength normally means added weight, which means added stress on your joints.

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