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Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins
Position: C
Born: 11/10/84
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:280 lbs. / 127 kg.
Among the best Thunder-related things happening in the Finals, however, is a reunion with former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins. Slater wrote about Perkins for Thursday’s Oklahoman, but had some leftovers. Prior to Game 1, Perkins was asked his thoughts on Scott Brooks’ firing. “I was surprised. I was surprised. You can have all the talent you want. But one thing about Scotty is he won games,” Perkins said. “A lot of people talk about the offense, but he allowed KD and Russ to play their games. He let them play with a lot of freedom. But sometimes, I guess, you just gotta roll with a new voice. I wish them nothing but the best.”
While James was a local basketball star in Akron, Ohio, at that time, he was largely unknown to the rest of the nation when he came to play in a tournament for the AAU Oakland Soldiers in 2000. The Soldiers were founded in 1990 in the Oakland suburb of Richmond. Twenty-five years later, it has now grown into an AAU powerhouse with alumni that include James, Chauncey Billups, Brandon Jennings, Leon Powe, Aaron Gordon, Chuck Hayes, Jabari Brown, Kendrick Perkins and Stanley Johnson. Fifteen years after first playing for the Soldiers, James returns to the Bay Area to lead his Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. “It’s amazing because that part of his life he never talks about publicly,” Olivier said. “But I thought we had some good times and we still talk about it.”
Michael Jordan’s long-coveted slot as the supreme basketball player in the history of the game is in serious jeopardy of being dropped down a peg. “The only thing that he’s missing is a couple more championships and then it’s a wrap,” Kendrick Perkins told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “Right now we have arguably the best player to ever play the game. I’m just saying man. I’m not taking anything away from Jordan, but all he’s missing is titles. A couple of more titles and that’s it.”
Kendrick Perkins: It was in a playoff game. So we were down 10 or something in the third, double figures, coming back in the fourth. I remember him coming back on the defensive end. And you know how you get into (a defensive stance), you want to get low, like before the man crosses halfcourt. He literally about crawled on the ground and got up off his knees, like “Let me see it!” that type of [thing]. It was like, damn. Tyronn Lue: A lot of people do all their howling on the court and they’re faking just for attention, but what he does is genuine. So one day we were at his house and we were watching Puff Daddy’s show Making the Band, and in one of the scenes, some new guys came in and were trying to sing and were trying to compete against the guys who had been there. And KG just got so hyped, “Motherf—-r, you’ve got to stand up for yours! You’ve got to fight! Motherf—-r, you’ve got to come together!” He’s going crazy, he’s sweaty. And he just head butts the wall and put a hole in the wall of his house.
Perkins is one of the few players who has talked with RajonRondo since his incident in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals and abrupt ending with the Mavericks. He said Rondo, one his best friends from their Celtics days, was in good spirits. Rondo clashed with Dallas coach Rick Carlisle over play-calling and Rondo’s on-court decisions. “He’s doing good, his mind is right,” Perkins said. “One thing about Rajon, he still can play. It just takes one team out there that has interest in him. What you’ve got to know about Rajon is that he’s a guy who is smart. You’ve got to let him go out there and control the game. He wants to call the plays.”
When Perkins was waived by the Jazz, a handful of teams made offers, including the Clippers. But Perkins cited a long relationship with LeBron James dating to their AAU days as his reason for choosing Cleveland. “It’s great to be around winners, you get a chance to showcase what you need to do,” Perkins said. “They go out there and win and we keep getting a chance [to compete]. We’re eight wins away [from a title] and you have to make sure you stay hungry. Don’t get satisfied. Don’t get happy and keep building.”
Cavs center Kendrick Perkins was involved in an altercation with his wife in Westlake. However, no arrests were made. The Cavs released a statement on the situation. “We are aware of a police report concerning a dispute between Kendrick Perkins and his wife, Vanity, that occurred this morning near their home in Westlake,” the release said. “There were no arrests or citations made by the Westlake Police, which responded on site, and there have been no accusations of wrong doing. We have spoken to Kendrick about this and understand he has cooperated fully with the authorities in their review of the situation and will continue to do so. We respect the process that the Westlake authorities will undergo in relation to this and have no further comment to make about the situation at this time.”
Cavaliers reserve center Kendrick Perkins will travel with the team to Chicago and “as of right now” will be available to play in Game 6 Thursday against the Bulls following his involvement in a domestic dispute this morning. The team released a statement confirming its awareness that Westlake police responded to a 911 call placed by a witness around 9:30 today who said she saw Perkins arguing with his wife, Vanity, in their SUV on the side of the road. Cavaliers coach David Blatt said that both he and general manager David Griffin spoke to Perkins and “as of right now he’s available to play.”
Police say Cavaliers forward Kendrick Perkins got into a verbal altercation with his wife on the side of a road. A 911 caller told police Perkins and his wife, Vanity, were “fighting” by their car on Wednesday morning. When officers arrived, the couple claimed they were having an argument. Perkins was driven to his residence and Vanity Perkins left in the car the couple was driving in. No one was injured or arrested. Police say information was handed over to the city prosecutor, who will determine if any charges will be filed. The complete police report will not be completed until Thursday.
The crew from Inside the NBA — Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal — didn’t hold back with their thoughts. Barkley said during the postgame show a minimum of five games would be warranted, but believes the league should consider 10. O’Neal and Smith both said five was the proper number. “What Kendrick Perkins and J.R. Smith did was bush league,” Barkley said. “You can’t just go around hitting people in the face. It was like watching a boxing match. Your knee doesn’t collapse like that.”
He and Crowder briefly scuffled, with Perkins extending a push that made contact with Crowder’s face. For the first time in his NBA career, Perkins heard boos at the Garden. And that’s OK. He knows how they really feel. “Yeah, that was surprising, but I know they still love me,” Perkins said. “When it first happened and I went to the free throw line I could sense it was kind of iffy — do we boo Perk or do we not boo him, but they had to, so I just smiled at it.”
Kendrick Perkins never ceases to be amazed by his ex-Celts captain, Paul Pierce. But as much as Pierce was his old trash-talking self during Washington’s win Saturday over Toronto, the Cavaliers center found himself wanting more. “I actually thought that they maybe should have gone to him a little more down the stretch,” Perkins said when asked about the Pierce 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime. “I don’t know if the Wizards know what kind of a killer they’ve got over there.”