HoopsHype Kendrick Perkins rumors

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Perkins, the Oklahoma City center and former Celtic, said Tuesday that he has spoken with Rondo and is helping him through a difficult period after the Boston point guard tore his right ACL Jan. 24 against the Atlanta Hawks. Perkins tore his left ACL while being pulled down by the Lakers' Andrew Bynum as they chased a rebound during Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Finals. On Jan. 25, 2011, Perkins returned to action, seven months and 10 days after his injury. "When you hear stuff like that, especially with a close friend, it's always disturbing," said Perkins. "So I just wanted to call and make sure that he was all right as far as mentally and just getting ready. Because it takes a focus to go through that process of surgery and the recovery of it. Boston Globe

Rondo was selected as an All-Star starter but told Perkins he won't be attending All-Star Weekend. "So I'm going to go down there [to Rondo's home in Kentucky] for a day or two and just go hang out with him," said Perkins. "Because he probably might have the surgery before then. So just go down there and give him a little comfort. "We talk every day, so it wasn't nothing unusual. But when I heard about it, we played that night and then I called him right after the game." Boston Globe

February 1, 2013 Updates

In today’s NBA, this is not quite as true as it once was, due largely to significant rules changes that make real defense hard to get away with. Still, there are a few guys who still revel in the role of the bad guy, and one of those is Oklahoma City Thunder star Kendrick Perkins. “I love it,” Perkins tells HOOPSWORLD. “Coming into the opposite building, they’re not supposed to like me. That’s not my job, so as long as I’m good with my team and my coaches and what we do at home, I’m straight with all the boo’s and stuff on the road. So I don’t mind instigating a little bit.” HoopsWorld

That doesn’t mean Perkins sees himself as the leader. Like most of the NBA’s instigators, Perkins defers to better players when it comes to leading the team. He has been particularly impressed with the way Kevin Durant, already the NBA’s best scorer, has stepped up his defensive game. “Absolutely. He’s been phenomenal,” says Perkins. “Just the way he’s been carrying himself, the way he’s been in the locker room outside of basketball, he’s been a true leader. Sometimes we have to get on KD about not shooting enough. He’s a special talent; probably one of the best scorers you’ll probably ever watch or see playing the game, seriously.” HoopsWorld

January 31, 2013 Updates

This passes for news in Oklahoma: NBA player’s wife argues with a nail technician. No punches, just a lot of finger pointing. Of course, there’s video (though not of Kendrick hurling a Gatorade bottle at the nail salon’s window), via KOCO: In the video, Vanity Perkins can be seen arguing with the nail tech at a salon on Northwest 138th Street. Vanity Perkins is married to Thunder center Kendrick Perkins. According to a police report, the fight escalated, and the nail tech can be seen pushing Vanity Perkins’ hand out of her face. “I ran out there, and I was like, ‘Well, you cannot talk to me like that,’” said Trang Nguyen. “And, of course, we are pointing at each other. She pointed at my face, and I pointed at her — but I never touched a hand on her or anything.” The Big Lead

Witnesses told KOCO that Perkins called her husband, who arrived at the salon before police did. “He said some bad word, yes, and he was slamming on the door. He was running his car and threw a bottle,” Nguyen said. Vanity Perkins confirmed that her husband threw a Gatorade bottle at the salon window. The Big Lead

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“We just ain’t come out with the right mind-set as a team,” Perkins said. “Defensively, we had too many breakdowns. It’s not like us to give up 101 points, especially if you look and see the Wizards only average like 86 or 88 points and we gave up 101 today.” Oklahoman

December 26, 2012 Updates

I’m not sure exactly what he meant, or more specifically who, but Perk said this Thunder team needs to look itself in the mirror. “I just feel like — never overreacting to a loss — we just got to start getting back to who we are as individuals,” Perkins said. “Turning off the TV and stop looking at articles on ourselves and start just losing ourselves in the team a little bit more then the sky’s the limit. We just got to start knowing what got us here and what each guy did to get us to this point. We just got to make sure we start knowing who we are and what we are and what we mean to this team as individuals and the rest will take care of itself.” Oklahoman

December 10, 2012 Updates

Ibaka declined to discuss the matter of Stephen Jackson. He deflected all questions by saying he’s just focused on his future and trying to get better. Kendrick Perkins, who is good friends with Jackson, claimed he hadn’t heard about Jackson’s comments but said he would try to talk to Jackson when informed about the matter. Perk, however, made it a point to stay out of it by choosing to not add anything else to the conversation. Oklahoman

December 5, 2012 Updates

In victory and defeat, the ball belongs to the NBA's two best 20-something scorers and everyone else is left to sort through the scraps of shots. "I get phone calls at all hours of the night from different teammates," Perkins told Yahoo Sports. "And I've got to tell them: OK, you didn't get yours tonight but… " Perkins told Yahoo! Sports. "So OK, take Serge [Ibaka]. I'll tell him, "OK man, you got seven points tonight, then you need to go get eight blocks. Some nights it's not going to be your night, where you can touch the ball. It's like that on this team, especially when you've got scorers like Russ, K.D. and Kevin Martin leading the league in scoring." Yahoo! Sports

Within the Thunder organization, they understand Perkins' value extends far beyond the modest statistics. These Thunder are undergoing the natural evolution of a rising power, where shots and minutes are rubbing egos the wrong way. Perkins plays the part of traffic cop, counseling in ways significant and slight. Yahoo! Sports

Ask him about playing those months in excruciating pain, and he shrugs and grumbles and says, "That groin injury, it was definitely… Ah, I don't like to make excuses, but … that groin injury was definitely a pain in the ass." For everyone else suggesting these Thunder will go to the Finals for years to come, that this young core will go on for years and years, Perkins simply says, "I was there when we lost 18 in a row in Boston. I'll never take this for granted." Yahoo! Sports

November 26, 2012 Updates

Perkins couldn’t be happier on the Thunder. What’s not to the love? The team is extremely talented, close-knit and poised to contend for years to come. Perkins’ contract will keep in Oklahoma City through the 2014-15 season, but he hopes to stay even longer. He would love to finish his career with the Thunder. “I love it here,” Perkins said. “It is a business so I have to make sure I do my job and we do our job, and that’s trying to win a couple of championships. Then, the rest will take care of itself. But yes, I would love to stay here and finish my career here.” HoopsWorld

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