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Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins
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Born: 11/10/84
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:280 lbs. / 127 kg.
Earnings: $56,886,841 ($65,193,906*)
Kendrick Perkins also appeared on the Scoop B Radio Podcast this week. He disagrees with World Peace’s assessment comparison. “I love Metta World Peace, that’s my guy but there’s no comparison to Anthony Davis,” Perkins told Scoop B Radio. “He’s a guy that we’ve never seen before. He’s one of one. He’s a generational talent. In my opinion, the closest guy that I’ve seen to Anthony Davis was Kevin Garnett when you look at the whole body of work that they both can do; their handles, their passing ability, their shot blocking, the way they defend they can switch from 1 through 5, they rebound at a high level. It’s no limitations on their game really. Offensively they both can shoot the 3. They both had post moves. KG had post moves. AD has post moves. KG could push the rock. AD could push the rock. But, AD is one of one man. He’s a generational talent.”
However, the NBA champion did apologize for his “bird” statement in an interview with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Heavy: “Now was my bird statement a little out of character? Yes it was. And guess what? I apologized to Kyrie Irving for that,” Kendrick Perkins said. “Do I agree with him sayin’ that we all need to hold out? No I don’t. I don’t agree with that because I need to know a plan behind it, you see what I’m sayin’? That’s all. “At the time was it appropriate? Absolutely not. Now thinking back on it, no. [But] Kyrie in my eyes, in my opinion, he’s confused. He’s confused as a leader. I’m standing behind it.”
During an interview with Brandon “Scoop” Robinson of Heavy, Kendrick Perkins revealed that he and Wilson Chandler spoke on the phone to squash their beef. “Listen. I haven’t changed my number in 15 years brother,” the NBA champion said. “I’ve been having the same number. Like last night, I’ll give you a prime example: Wilson Chandler said something towards my way on Twitter. I didn’t get into a Twitter beef with him. What it did was I DM’d him, and I gave him my telephone number. And I told him, ‘Ay man, we talk this out like real men.’ “He called me, we did. And guess what? I understood where he was coming from, he understood where I was coming from and we hung up the conversation in good grace. Straight up, just like that.”
However, the NBA champion did apologize for his “bird” statement in an interview with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Heavy: “Now was my bird statement a little out of character? Yes it was. And guess what? I apologized to Kyrie Irving for that,” Kendrick Perkins said. “Do I agree with him sayin’ that we all need to hold out? No I don’t. I don’t agree with that because I need to know a plan behind it, you see what I’m sayin’? That’s all. “At the time was it appropriate? Absolutely not. Now thinking back on it, no. [But] Kyrie in my eyes, in my opinion, he’s confused. He’s confused as a leader. I’m standing behind it.”
During an interview with Brandon “Scoop” Robinson of Heavy, Kendrick Perkins revealed that he and Wilson Chandler spoke on the phone to squash their beef. “Listen. I haven’t changed my number in 15 years brother,” the NBA champion said. “I’ve been having the same number. Like last night, I’ll give you a prime example: Wilson Chandler said something towards my way on Twitter. I didn’t get into a Twitter beef with him. What it did was I DM’d him, and I gave him my telephone number. And I told him, ‘Ay man, we talk this out like real men.’ “He called me, we did. And guess what? I understood where he was coming from, he understood where I was coming from and we hung up the conversation in good grace. Straight up, just like that.”
Do you still want to get into coaching someday? Kendrick Perkins: Right now, I’m just focused on my media career. If a coaching opportunity comes about and it makes sense, I’ll think about it. But right now, I’m enjoying this. I’m enjoying talking about basketball. I’m enjoying going on ESPN and being able to be heard. The fun thing about it is when you get to go against the grain and not follow the crowd and voice a take and everyone thinks you’re crazy until it happens. So, right now, I’m loving the media, man. And if coaching opportunities come along down the road, I’ll think about it. But [broadcasting] also gives me a lot of time to be with my family – my wife and my four kids. Once I’m done, I’m able to be home a lot more. Coaching is a lot of work; it’s way more work than even being a player and you’re away from your family a lot. So, I’m enjoying this moment, I can tell you that.
Speaking of your takes, do you know when a certain take of yours will blow up and get a huge reaction? Or does it surprise you when certain takes go viral? Kendrick Perkins: Yeah, I do. When I’m thinking about it, I’m like, “This will probably ruffle some feathers today.” But if it’s how I feel and I’ve got facts behind it… Whether it goes viral or not (which some of them have been), it’s my research and my experience being a basketball player for all of my life and being a student of the game. It’s not like it’s pre-determined what’s going to go viral; I just go up there and I just speak. They send me the topics and when I look at the topics, I get to studying and I try to put my own charisma to it and that’s how it goes.
What did you think of Paul Pierce not having LeBron James in his all-time Top 5? Kendrick Perkins: I mean, I can’t knock P for who he had, but I don’t know… I think it’s something else there. Like, there’s no way that you can not have LeBron in your Top 5. Now, if you don’t have him as your GOAT, I’m okay with it. But to say that he’s not in your Top 5? Come on, P. I love you to death, my brother, but you’re a little delusional.
Storyline: GOAT Debate
I’ve seen some people on Twitter say that you’re biased toward LeBron James.  Kendrick Perkins: Why? How? I don’t understand it. I’m biased because I appreciate greatness? When he’s gone, the game is going to miss him. So because I give LeBron James his flowers [while he’s here], I’m biased toward LeBron? I’m not biased toward LeBron. I don’t work for LeBron, I don’t work for Klutch. I work for ESPN. At the end of the day, if a guy’s playing great basketball and we’re witnessing an all-time great (arguably the greatest player of all time) and he’s still playing the game of basketball at his highest level, if me giving him his flowers and his praises and his just due is being biased, that is crazy to me.
Things are crazy right now, so thanks for taking time to join me. We’ll discuss basketball in a bit, but let’s start with the murder of George Floyd and the nationwide protests. You’ve been vocal on Twitter and on ESPN about this situation. What’s been going through your mind the last few days? Kendrick Perkins: Well, a lot of things go through your mind. First, you think of the family of the victim. Then, I think of the replay of the video that showed George Floyd taking his last breath before dying and begging for his mom and saying he can’t breathe. That runs through my mind daily and you just want change. And like I’ve always said, racism has been around for hundreds of years. Can we change racism overnight? No. Well, we can change the system. It’s almost to the point where, if something goes wrong, we need to be able to call the police on the police. The burning of buildings and everything is bad, but these people that are speaking out are people who are tired. Do I condone it? No, I don’t. [Do I condone] protesting? Yes. We do need change. It’s time to change.
Rashad Phillips: Shame on whoever ranked Isiah Thomas #31 on the ESPN poll list. On our show “No Agendas” my co host @KendrickPerkins and I will give you the real. Before you watch documentaries of great athletes you must 1. Cleanse your soul of propaganda and 2. Understand competition. #TalkSoon. Kendrick Perkins: The Disrespect to Isiah Thomas needs to stop!!! The 2nd Greatest PG of All-Time behind Magic Johnson. Hundred points symbolHeavy large circleFire💪🏾Face with look of triumph.
Kendrick Perkins: Numbers like this is what makes this Bron/MJ thing up for debate. It’s not open and shut like people try it make it. When you look at numbers like this, it makes the ring talk clearly more about TEAM than individuals! Bron is my GOAT and I’m standing on it, carry on!

Storyline: GOAT Debate
Allen came to Boston in 2007 after becoming a sharpshooting star with the Milwaukee Bucks and Seattle Supersonics to join Paul Peirce and Kevin Garnett. The team immediately dominated the NBA, and won the 2008 title in their first season as teammates. But former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins says Allen’s selfishness may have led to the team’s undoing in 2012. “He had a problem with sacrificing,” Perkins said on the latest edition of the Runnin’ Plays Podcast. “And towards the end, the relationship was damaged.”
“Guys felt like that Ray wasn’t all the way in. And guys saw Ray talking to [LeBron James] and some of the Heat players after the game. And the way that they was rocking at the time … we had a rule in that Celtic locker room, if you wasn’t bleeding green, we wasn’t fooling with you. Offseason we could, but you better not go over there after a game and talk to nobody. And our locker room wasn’t open for people to walk in or none of that. “And during that summer, (Celtics general manager) Danny (Ainge) had a deal on the table for a two-year … I think it was $12 million, $6 million a year for Ray,” Perkins added. “Ray wasn’t calling nobody, he didn’t answer nobody’s phone calls. All of a sudden, he signs a two-year $6 million deal with the Heat. So it’s like a slap in the face, with no warning, no nothing.”
Former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant have endured a rocky relationship over the past several months. Most notably, the two engaged in a Twitter back-and-forth in January stemming from Perkins’ declaration that Russell Westbrook was the best player in Thunder history. Now, Perkins says he wishes he took a different approach in the exchange, while also stating that Durant is the best player in the history of the Warriors. “If I could have handled it any other way, I would have,” Perkins told the Runnin’ Plays Podcast, which will release Tuesday. “I would have took a different approach. I wouldn’t have fired back at him.”
Storyline: Durant-Perkins Beef
Perkins also gave insight as to why he chose Westbrook over Durant in his Thunder rankings, saying there’s a distinction between “greatest” and “best.” He used the same distinction while stating Durant’s place in Golden State lore. “It’s just like if you talk about the Golden State Warriors, Steph Curry is the greatest Golden State Warrior of all time. You talk about the Toronto Raptors. Kyle Lowry is the greatest Raptor of all time. Does that mean that they’re the best player that ever came through? “No. We all know that KD is the best player, in my opinion, to wear a Warriors jersey. We all know that KD was the best Thunder to wear a Thunder jersey.”
The text chain has survived trades, free-agent signings, reunions gone sour and reunions that never materialized. Consider that at the start of the 2014-15 season, the participants on the chain represented six NBA clubs: Washington (Pierce), Brooklyn (Garnett), Memphis (Allen), Boston (Rondo), Oklahoma City (Perkins) and the LA Clippers (Rivers). Through the years, the chain has endured hurt feelings and periods of silence between individuals who had beef with one another. But, as Pierce said recently, “There hasn’t been a grudge between any of us worth holding on to.” “The guys won’t allow it,” Perkins added.
The text chain can be as simple as checking in about family members and milestones for each other’s kids, or as detailed as potential business opportunities to be considered. The most active texters are the retired players — Garnett, Pierce, Perkins and Allen — who regularly trade insults, and often get together in person in Los Angeles, where each of them has a home except Perkins, though he is regularly in town for his television duties. Garnett talks the most trash; when Perkins retired, he teased his friend on the chain, “What you doing now? Cooking at home wearing an apron?”
“I do my homework and I do my research on things, and I just feel like I’m a guy who, in his media, I don’t ever want to mess up my credibility, so I just speak facts,” Perkins said. “I never want to be biased and I never try to sway one way or just be taking up for my homeboy.” Perkins pointed to, as an example of his avoiding bias, picking Giannis Antetokounmpo as his preseason pick for MVP, over his friend LeBron, with whom he spent a summer playing for the Oakland Soldiers, an AAU team, in high school. “I sent him a text and I said. ‘Look man, I’ve got Giannis ahead of you,’” Perkins said. “And that’s when he texted me back and said, ‘Oh don’t worry, I’m gonna reclaim my throne.’ And I was like, ‘OK, well then do it mothafucka.’ He’s like, ‘I am, mothafucka.’”
Storyline: MVP Race
“What people don’t understand is that KD thought I was shooting a slug at him — I wasn’t,” Perkins said. “I was praising Russell Westbrook on his day. What people don’t understand is, Russ, to me, is the greatest Thunder of all time. Is he the best player to ever wear a Thunder jersey? No, that’s Kevin Durant. But Russell Westbrook is the greatest Thunder of all time.” “In my opinion, I think that Kyle Lowry is the greatest Raptor of all time. Is he the best Raptor to ever put on the jersey? No, but he’s the greatest player in the franchise’s history. That’s my opinion, and KD was so caught up in thinking that I’m shooting a slug at him, which I wasn’t. At the end of the day, we had a little Twitter beef, but it ain’t nothing that we haven’t gotten past or anything to that nature.”
“I do my homework and I do my research on things, and I just feel like I’m a guy who, in his media, I don’t ever want to mess up my credibility, so I just speak facts,” Perkins said. “I never want to be biased and I never try to sway one way or just be taking up for my homeboy.” Perkins pointed to, as an example of his avoiding bias, picking Giannis Antetokounmpo as his preseason pick for MVP, over his friend LeBron, with whom he spent a summer playing for the Oakland Soldiers, an AAU team, in high school. “I sent him a text and I said. ‘Look man, I’ve got Giannis ahead of you,’” Perkins said. “And that’s when he texted me back and said, ‘Oh don’t worry, I’m gonna reclaim my throne.’ And I was like, ‘OK, well then do it mothafucka.’ He’s like, ‘I am, mothafucka.’”
Storyline: MVP Race
“What people don’t understand is that KD thought I was shooting a slug at him — I wasn’t,” Perkins said. “I was praising Russell Westbrook on his day. What people don’t understand is, Russ, to me, is the greatest Thunder of all time. Is he the best player to ever wear a Thunder jersey? No, that’s Kevin Durant. But Russell Westbrook is the greatest Thunder of all time.” “In my opinion, I think that Kyle Lowry is the greatest Raptor of all time. Is he the best Raptor to ever put on the jersey? No, but he’s the greatest player in the franchise’s history. That’s my opinion, and KD was so caught up in thinking that I’m shooting a slug at him, which I wasn’t. At the end of the day, we had a little Twitter beef, but it ain’t nothing that we haven’t gotten past or anything to that nature.”
He’s a liar. He was a liar. He just lied, man. He lied to me. Perkins is talking here about Dell Demps, the Pelicans’ general manager while Perkins was there in 2015-16. Perkins says Demps “told me when I got to the Pelicans ‘Wow, we never had a leader like you. I appreciate you, we want you to retire here, we want you to be here the next two or three years, blah blah blah.’” When Perkins’ contract was up that summer, there was no two-year deal for the vet minimum Perkins was hoping for. Only a call from Demps, who said, “I think we’re going to move in a different direction.”
Here are the real-life ramifications of Perkins’ Demps story. First, Perkins said both the Cavs and Thunder tried to trade for him at the deadline, and were rebuffed. The Cavs won the title; the Thunder blew a 3-1 lead to the Warriors in the conference finals. “If I was on Oklahoma City, we wouldn’t have blown that 3-1 lead,” Perkins insists. “There’s no way in hell we would have blown that. I’m not saying because of me playing, I am saying just my locker room presence. Then I think about it on the other hand — he cost me a championship.”
But the spat with Durant, one might argue, was precisely a case of Perkins propping up his close friend, Westbrook, at Durant’s expense. In early January, Perkins announced (via Twitter) he was about to go on “Sportscenter” and explain why Westbrook was the “best player to ever put on a Thunder jersey.” Durant, as you may imagine, was not impressed.
Storyline: Durant-Perkins Beef
“What people don’t understand is that KD thought I was shooting a slug at him — I wasn’t,” Perkins said. “I was praising Russell Westbrook on his day. What people don’t understand is, Russ, to me, is the greatest Thunder of all time. Is he the best player to ever wear a Thunder jersey? No, that’s Kevin Durant. But Russell Westbrook is the greatest Thunder of all time.”
“In my opinion, I think that Kyle Lowry is the greatest Raptor of all time. Is he the best Raptor to ever put on the jersey? No, but he’s the greatest player in the franchise’s history. That’s my opinion, and KD was so caught up in thinking that I’m shooting a slug at him, which I wasn’t. At the end of the day, we had a little Twitter beef, but it ain’t nothing that we haven’t gotten past or anything to that nature.”
Caron Butler: I was extremely happy. I’m still happy to this day that I made that decision. When you look at the relationships that you create with Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison, all those guys … The list goes on. You’re connected long after basketball. When we were going through that decision with my family and my agency, I wanted to go somewhere that one, I could contribute and be an asset.