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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.


Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 5:23 pm

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

Pau's toughness has improved every season. He may still not be Dwight Howard, but don't worry cause he plays alongside anoth 7 footer who is anything but soft. Bynum and Pau play great together.

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 5:07 pm

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

Perkins is a gnat pestering the lions. Perkins will always be a mere footnote. Dismissed.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:42 pm

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

Some people just need to learn when to keep their mouth shut.  Take the Durant approach Kendrick and don't mouth off until you actually have something to mouth off about.

Gasol might be a little soft but he's been to three straight NBA Finals and has won two of them.  One of them against Perk's Celtics.  Kobe is far from soft and if he feels so inclined, Kobe can just flash those 5 rings in Kendrick's face.

Call me when the Thunder take out the Lakers in a playoff series and then I'll take his comments seriously.

On the other hand kudos to KD.

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