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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.

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LuciaJobs
Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:20 am
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Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:20 am
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Also, the writer made a mistake by saying the reason for Kobe & Jordan were because they aren't on twitter to refute Perkins. Uhhh.... the reason they aren't on twiiter is because they don't waste their time with followers. Twitter and Facebook are for people to follow every move you make, and LeBron is one of the most sought out athletes, as he is also one of the most needy individuals. Not saying it's bad for him or good; it is what it is and anyone can see that he loves the attention and craves it....



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:16 am
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

okaces.... you must be old school. Dr. J is still the best of all time.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:00 am
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

VALLECOL15, thanks for that link, Jordan 6'5" vs Griffin 6'9", enough said. Though i hagve to disagree about one thing, Dr. J is still the all time greatest dunker in B-ball history, even though a lot of his highlights occured in the ABA.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:49 am
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

James could be the greatest ever. He has the tools, but has no heart. Even if he wins 4 titles with the Heat, he will never be the greatest or even in that conversation.



Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:18 am
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

"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.

That's the point of what he's saying, Royce, you idiot. They don't feel the need to be on it."

+1. Talk about missing the point. 



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:55 am
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

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.

That's the point of what he's saying, Royce, you idiot. They don't feel the need to be on it.



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:46 am
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Rarely do I find myself defending LeBron, but I don't think he's in the wrong on this one. He has the right to celebrate an awesome play just like everyone else. Perk is being a bit of a whiner.



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:45 am
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

This is news because the news makes it news.  I saw the highlights on ESPN, along with their report on all the tweets.  I honestly don't care what someone tweeted, and prefer not to know.  But it's news now, and so it goes.  LeBron being self inflated is nothing new.  He will remain that way, and always come in second or lower until he prioritizes his team over his accomplishments.




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:23 am
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Everybody used to just think that NBA players were stupid..Twitter has removed all doubt!!  Will James everg row up and mature into an elite player and leader??  It sure does not look like he will.  James continues to put his foot in his mouth time after time.  No wonder he is one of the most hated players in the NBA..the guy does not have a clue.  I am sure about this time Dwayne Wade isprobably getting sick of Jmes act.

At the end up the day Griffins dunk was worth 2 points..no more or less than a 10 foot jumper.


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