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Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins
Position: None
Born: 11/10/84
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:280 lbs. / 127 kg.
In the midst of a 13-year professional career that has seen a little bit of everything, Kendrick Perkins is taking on a new challenge. Perkins has played with four NBA teams and gone to four NBA Finals, winning one title with the Boston Celtics in 2007-08. But after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers before the regular season, the 33-year-old joined the Cavs’ NBA G League affiliate, the Canton Charge, and is now playing with players 10 years his junior as he tries to make it back to the NBA. “I just had to throw my pride aside and come down here and just lace my boots up,” said Perkins. “At the end of the day, it’s a no-ego type of situation. I just want to keep trying to do things to improve, to get better, and to get to the next goal – getting back to the NBA.”
Charge coach Nate Reinking watched Perkins in Cleveland during training camp, and said that he knew it would be an obvious choice to bring him in after he ultimately was let go – if he was willing to take the new role. “It just shows how much he loves the game and how much he wants to get back,” said Reinking. “He loves the game and loves being a leader. Day in and day out the example he sets in our organization is just incredible.”
Widely regarded as one of the best teammates in the NBA throughout his years in the league, Perkins has made a mark on many locker rooms. But never has he been “the guy” for everyone to look up to around the team as he is now with a group of 20-year olds around the room. “He brings so much to the team,” said Cavaliers and Charge two-way guard John Holland. “Just the knowledge from being around, everybody respects him and everyone learns so much from him. He’s like a coach on the court, he’s been in every situation so he knows everything you need to know.”
Perkins, like everyone competing in the G League, has the goal to make it to the NBA – or in his case, make it back. But, Perkins said he’s “not someone to ask ‘what if’ or ask why things are the way they are.” Instead, he’s cherishing the challenge and living in the moment. But that doesn’t take away his drive to earn his way on an NBA roster in the near future. “I just take advantage of the opportunity at hand,” he said. “At the end of the day, you get to play a game that you love, so I’m trying to make the best of this situation and I’m all in for this organization.”
Why exactly is Kendrick Perkins at Edgewood Community Center, wearing G League practice gear, setting menacing screens and pounding on his knees as he plays with and against guys nearly a decade younger than him? “It’s not like I’m hurting for a paycheck,” said Perkins after the Canton Charge’s first training camp practice on Tuesday. “This is for the love of the game. I want to play basketball. I want to get my shot back in the NBA.”