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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.


Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:12 pm

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

NBA Championship Rings: Perkins 1, LeBron 0. Nuff Said....

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:07 pm

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Kendrick Perkins is jealous that LeBron has talent and he does not, obviously. Kendrick Perkins wishes his dunk could be number 2.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:03 pm


supposed to read "Love Perk's attitude"

I"m sure all here will be remarkably mature about this....  

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:02 pm

Lover Perk's attitude!

He's a defensive tough guy, and just called out Lebron for acting like a kid in LJ's tweets.

It's putting a ball into a hoop, not fighting cancer.  It's entertainment, and Perk gave us a show without the immature and often immoral and illegal drama that plagues the scenes so much anymore, so power to him.  Reminds me of Karl Malone in that respect.

Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:01 pm

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Oh good grief. This isn't a bad thing like Perkins is trying to make it out to be. LeBron is such an elite player that anything he does gets blown out of proportion. OH MY GOD, LEBRON JUST WALKED ACROSS THE STREET AND WAS AN INCH OUTSIDE OF THE CROSSWALK. WHAT A THUG! Get a life folks and appreciate the greatest athlete to play since... hmmm, I'll get back to you if and when I think of someone.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:42 pm

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

How can you not like Kendrick Perkins.  Forget about his opinion on Lebron but his honesty and approach to the game.  Who gives a rat's ass about being dunked on it's 2 points, meanwhile if Kevin Durant hits a 3 down on the other end which play is more important?  Oklahoma City has the team in the west with the superstar, point guard, shot blocker, muscule, and bench.  Very rounded team.  I doubt the Thunder and Heat will match up in the finals but it would be a nice sight to see as last year when Perkins was with Boston they dominated the Heat, he is a difference maker when it comes to team chemistry.

Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:16 pm

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

I think the sad thing is that so many people make it out to sound like James is the worst thing since the invention of fruit cake.  Obviously if this was the case he would not be one ot the top vote getters to an all star game voted by the fan.  Am I fan of Lebron? absolutley because of his talent.  I am a Houston Rocket fan that would love to see him as a Rocket just like the majority of the haters out there that would welcome him to their favorite team.  As for is the NEW thing folks.  Whether your with it or not and it does not make him a child.  The funny thing is many of you comparing him to a child will get off of the computer and go play on your gaming system NBS 2012 or whatever it is and probably will pick the heat as your team.  Then you will go to bed, get up in the morning and go to work and yes you will talk amongst your peers about the guy down the hall that spilled his coffee on his lap knowing he is already embarassed enough.  Lebron is HUMAN folks.  a SUPER athlete with a HUMAN heart, mind and soul.  

I would love to see your every decision/move in life posted on the internet so all can criticize you.  

Maybe you haters can enjoy Lebrons skills/game if you would recognized that you are indeed a flawed individual just as he is and all I can hope for is that those who know me will cut me some slack when I make a bonehead move.

Go Rockets....Scola...stop flopping and your face won't get stomped on.  AND lastly....Lnicks looking pretty good without Amare and Melo----- 

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:56 pm

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

James is a punk.  If the game revolves around him, it's toast.  Perkins may be making excuses, but LeBron's comments are classless, like most of everything he says.  Didn't see anything from Blake here.  He just goes about his job.  Why can't the NBA promote their league around the non-punks . . . or how about this idea, around teams, like the rest of pro sports.  Is pro basketball really that weak and pathetic, that they can only pick out a handful of players to hype?

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:49 pm

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

It's amusing to sit here and read comments of people that pretend to know the subject personally. And then act like your made up silliness is first hand information from these sports figures as if you hang out with them in real life. None of you know anything about these people in real life. You either type from some jealous, or hatred emotions, and/or because one of the hundreds of dead beat writers type a bunch of nonsense which all of a sudden is true because it's about someone you do not like.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:38 pm

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

I think Perk is absolutely right about Lebron.  Kobe is not seeking out attention on twitter or other ways because I think he is so focused on getting his team to a championship that he doesn't have time for popularity contests.  I don't like Kobe much, but he sure knows how to win.  As a Thunder fan, I'm glad that Perk has his dedication to his role.  I believe him 100% that he would do the same thing in the same situation - not give up an easy dunk and avoid possible embarrassment.  That's a great example on what Perk brings to the court and the locker room that helps the team above all else.  

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