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Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:54 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 12:04 pm
 
Perkins didn't mind getting dunked on, he just didn't like the reaction. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

For almost 24 hours after Blake Griffin detonated a dunk over him, Kendrick Perkins trended worldwide on Twitter. Griffin's dunk changed Perkins' reputation from the tough guy in the paint to the guy that got posterized.

No bother to him though, he says. Via Yahoo! Sports:
"If I was in the same position, in the same rotation, I’m going to jump again and again and again,” Perkins told Yahoo! Sports. “I don’t care. A lot of people are afraid of humiliation or don’t know how to handle embarrassment or would even get embarrassed. I don’t care.

“I’m the same Perk you’re going to see. I’m still going to sign autographs the same way. I ain’t going to change. The people that move out the way and stuff are the people who have insecurity problems.

“That’s my job. How will my teammates look at me if next time I just back out the way and just let him dunk when I’m supposed to be defensive-minded, a shot-blocker? That would be a coward move on me. He’d just have to dunk on me again.”

One thing that did bother Perk though? LeBron James' reaction to Griffin's dunk. Specifically, his excited tweet about it that said, "Dunk of the Year! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!!! Wow! I guess I’m No. 2 now. Move over #6.” LeBron of course talking about his dunk over John Lucas III.

Said Perkins:
"You don’t see Kobe [Bryant] tweeting,” Perkins said. “You don’t see Michael Jordan tweeting. If you’re an elite player, plays like that don’t excite you. At the end of the day, the guys who are playing for the right reasons who are trying to win championships are not worrying about one play.

“They also are not tweeting about themselves talking about going down to No. 2. I just feel [James] is always looking for attention and he wants the world to like him.”

One thing to note: I think the reason you don't see Kobe or Michael Jordan tweeting is because they aren't on Twitter. Just a theory.

But Perk's sour grapes here about LeBron seems a bit petty to me. A lot of players tweeted about Griffin's dunk, including Chris Paul, Magic Johnson and Kevin Love. I do see Perk's point though in that the way LeBron's tweet was worded makes it seem like LeBron is a tad vain.

The Heat play the Thunder March 25. That game was already must-watch, but it's got another storyline with it now. I think LeBron might try to Mosgov and Lucas Perkins all that the same time.

Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:16 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Evyerthing James does is a tad vain. Why should his tweet about the dunk be any different?



Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:16 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Twitter, tweet, who cares what these athletes have to say, play ball and shut up. 




Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Lebron James is a joke!! I give Kendrick all the credit in the world, he may have got dunked on but he at least tried to defend it. To many guys run out of the way when they see it coming, Perk stood his ground. You arent gonna block them all but you cant take anything away from his effort. Lebron singing his own praises is the reason he still hasnt won anything yet, he already thinks hes the best.



Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:09 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

What are you talking about? He didn't make excuses about getting dunked on at all. He doesn't mind getting dunked on. He just didn't think it was cool that lebron mentioned him to his 3.2 million followers.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:59 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Maybe Perkins should have blocked the shot or fouled him hard of he didn't want to be the whipping boy of the week. Perkins needs to shut up and play ball. Everytime I've watched him play against the Blazers hee hasn't impressed me. Aldridge made him his whipping boy as well. 



Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Does CBS screen there writers on here at all??  Kobe, please go get this man to replace Odom as he's got your defensive mentality on hoops sir. And Mr Young, were you actually being serious in stating that Kobe and MJ do not have Twitter accts??  Perkins saying that was exactly the right thing, your hoops IQ could use a frontal lobotomy my good fellow. I'm still shaking my head on how much you missed that one, unreal!!! 




Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Lebron is like Mayweather.....one of the best of all time but so self absorbed.  Who writes mover over #6, guess I'm #2 now? .....ummmmmm you're dunk over the 5'10" wasn't the best dunk of the season....heck it wasn't even your best dunk of the season.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

A Tad? I bet he thinks Carly Simon's song is about him.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

I'm sorry, but I just don't get what all the hype is over this dunk. Yeah, it was nice, but, it wasn't as awesome as people are making it out to be.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:25 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Perkins actually has a good point.  Being a winner like Kobe or MJ requires a mindset where you don't care what others think of you.  You don't need a twitter account to tell everyone how you're feeling that day.  But this new brand of players would rather be really popular even if you finish in 2nd place.  Just a different mindset and Perkins is right on.


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