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Perkins calls Pau 'soft', Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

Posted on: March 14, 2011 3:38 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Most everyone said it when the Thunder acquired Kendrick Perkins. He’s going to bring something different to town. He’s tough, he’s big, he’s physical and he’s not shy about speaking his mind. If Chris Bosh is a fake tough guy, Perkins is every bit of real tough guy as you can get. And in a locker room that’s mostly tight-lipped with every cliche down pat and ready to use in any situation, Perkins has a candidness that we haven’t really ever seen here.

In the newest issue of ESPN the Mag , Perkins and Kevin Durant were both asked a couple of the same questions with both having mostly differing opinions. All of it was pretty interesting, but the question, “Lakers: Team to beat or old news?” brought out the best in Perk.

“Yesterday’s news,” he said. “I don’t like Pau Gasol or Phil Jackson. Phil is arrogant. Pau is soft. Kobe tries to bring out his toughness, but he’s still soft.”

Well then.

Durant’s answer? “They’re the reigning champs and still playing like it.” See the difference there? Like I said, Perk might take a little getting used to in OKC. I actually wondered to myself if these quotes were even real or if I was missing the point of some kind of fictional, made up quote piece.

Most felt when OKC got Perkins though that he was going to bring more than just defense and rebounding to the young Thunder. He was going to add toughness. Grit. And a new attitude. One of his biggest assets is the way he defends and muscles against a team like the Lakers and obviously, he's not intimidated by the defending champs a bit. 

I'm sure a lot of those feelings come from the fact Perkins was formerly of the Celtics who, you know, don't like the Lakers a whole lot. Perkins has had his fill of Gasol and Jackson the past couple years, meeting the Lakers in the Finals twice in the past three seasons.

The Thunder's still waiting on Perkins' first appearance which could come as early as tonight versus the Wizards. There's some thought he might play a little before really settling into his starter's role Wednesday against the Heat. Either way, we'll be seeing Perkins in a Thunder jersey by the end of the week and it won't just be about the attitude he's bringing, but about what he adds on the floor too.

Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Perkins calls Pau 'soft', Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

High school punters on a football team are tougher than these NBA clowns.



Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Perkins calls Pau 'soft', Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

Unlikely you could score 25 points on 25 shots ... just saying. Think before you type some stupid sh*t.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Perkins calls Pau 'soft', Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

i meannnnn im no laker fan, but kobe and co. are gonna buttf*** the thunder again the playoffs en route to a 3-peat. its destine to happen phil will do everything in his power to collect another ring to add to a toe. however, the torch moves to my NYK in a few short years lets gooooo



Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Perkins calls Pau 'soft', Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

Pau may be on the "soft" side BUT he has two world championships and is still producing at a high level. As for Phil being arrogant. I think the 11 Rings he has justifies him being arrogant. Big Perm, I mean worm, I mean Perk can run his mouth all he wants. He's got one ring and I'll give him his props there. OKC is legit and I think he is a great addition to a team full of young studs. I hope the Lakers don't have to see them in the first round again or maybe I do. SO they can shut him up once and for all. Who am I kidding he isn't going to shut up.  



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Perkins calls Pau 'soft', Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

Any NBA player calling another NBA player "soft" is comical. All NBA players are the biggest pussies on the planet. These guys can't play thru a hangnail or a headache. Im not a fan of either team (or the NBA in general), but when I hear these guys try to pretend like they're tough guys, it's funny stuff.



Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Perkins calls Pau 'soft', Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

Kendrick, your insults hurt less than any Laker-hater in this message board. You should actually direct your hatred toward Danny Ainge & the Celtics for getting rid of your untalented A#%!!!



Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Perkins calls Pau 'soft', Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

i love it.lakers are yesterdays news and their reign will end this year and then watch them fall hard.I for one can't wait to see them lose.Kobe is a ball hog and unless he is on fire they will go down.I think alot of people could score 25 a game shooting 25 times a game.He will never be jordan and not even close.



Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Perkins calls Pau 'soft', Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

The only guy coming off soft is the guy coming off a knee injury yapping his mouth off about 3 lakers that have more Finals trophies than he does! I see your still bitter about last year...See ya in the playoffs "Sam"!




Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Perkins calls Pau 'soft', Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

and that goes for all you Lakers haters, suck ours til you beat us.



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Perkins calls Pau 'soft', Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

hey richyriches   5 rings, bitch!  what u got?  nothin.


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