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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: May 28, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:46 pm
 

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

This is funny!! Phil Jackson arrogant!!! You would be too Mr Perkins if you had 11 NBA Championships. And as far as Gasol being soft, he was soft in 08 but after 2 championships he is a fundemental basketball player unlike Kendrick Perkins. Perkins couldnt even defend a hurt Andrew Bynum! Kendrick Perkins aint shit without Garnett on the floor. I would respect the comments if Kevin Durant had said it but he kept his comments respectable. Talking trash from the bench is not respected. Play at least 1 game for they team that is paying you 35 million then talk. See you in the playoffs.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:26 pm
 

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

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

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As I said, Perkins ins't that smart ... but if you DONKEYS read this quote correctly, Perkins ISN'T calling Kobe soft ... He's saying Kobe tries to bring out his (GASOL'S) "toughness", but he's (GASOL) still soft.   


And I thought PERKINS was dumb .. I guess there's no shortage of it going around.   Sealed




Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:24 pm
 

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

Perkins is a bitch. He hasnt even played a game for the Thunder yet, i dont think he will have that much of an impact when he comes back, he better just hope he stays healthy. Gasol is better than Perk will ever be, Lakers will win if they meet OKC in the playoffs. Kobe has 5 rings and Phil has 13 rings..how many does Perk have?....last i checked 1. 



Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:23 pm
 

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

he didnt call kobe soft. he called pau soft and that kobe tries to toughen him up but that it doesnt work... but yeah it will come back to bite him i bet



Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:17 pm
 

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

Does words will come back to bite him in the rear. Especially calling Kobe soft......  



Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:16 pm
 

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

I don't know why Perk's talking trash.  He was always the weak link among the Celtics' starting five.  No offense so I guess he HAS to play tough defense....or at least as tough as he can.  But he'll be a net negative on the Thunder.  After talking his trash, he's going to look ridiculous after he gets out on the floor and reminds everyone about all the very significant limitations in his game.



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:00 pm
 

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

What a bunch of babies and Laker lovers in here. I'm not fan of either, but Perkins can say what he wants. It's obvious he's saying this to help build up the Thunder and mess with Pau in case they run into them in the playoffs and he'll say more if they do meet up.



Since: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 5:41 pm
 

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

Being honest is one thing, but Kendrick is just being a jerk. His statements are disrespectful of Kobe and Pau, and not true. Since when is rude disrespectful behavior refreshing. He can be confident and believe his team can and will beat the Lakers. I don't have any problem with him saying that or that he doesn't like them or Phil Jackson. I do have a problem with his insults  and your calling it refreshing commentary. He did get one thing right, Phil Jackson is arrogant. Then again, with all those championships,I think Phil can afford to be. Hey Kendrick, run your mouth when you can flaunt some of that jewelry. 



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 5:34 pm
 

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

Somebody tell this JACKAZZ TO SHUT HIS PIE HOLE!!! All he has ever done is run his mouth, no problem though cause the Lakers will shut him up in the Playoffs when they whip the Thunder's Azz!!! Maybe before he starts running his mouth he should go out and get some game!!




Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 5:34 pm
 

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

I hope Perkins adds all the advertised "toughness" to Oke and he and his new teammates give LA fits come playoffs.   That said, this is typical of how dumb Perkins is.  He hasn't even played in a Thunder Uni yet and he's chirpin bout how "soft" Gasol is.   I'm sure that's exactly what Oke wants, to motivate LA even more for their next meeting.  Perk is a great defender, but he and Nate for that matter are dumb as nails.  BTW .. what's the over/under on how many minutes (not games) it takes for him to pick up his first technical in a Thunder Uni .. i'm going with 20 minutes in.  


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