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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: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Perkins said it perfect, you never saw jordan or kobe tweeting about stuff like that, and they dont have twitter for that exact reason...duh? and especially lebron sayings hes moved down to number 2.. like who cares, i hope he doesnt win a championship with an attitude like that



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

     I say the next time LeBron tries to dunk on Perkins, Kendrick should smash him to the floor.  See if #6 tweets or shoots his mouth off about THAT.  LeBron might wear #6 but he couldn't fill Dr.J's socks, much less his shoes.  And I'd rather watch one of the Doc's highlight dunks than LeBron's any day.



Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:37 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

If I recall when a kid dunked on LeBron at his camp, he made sure that the footage was confiscated.  It's probably the reason Wade is the better closer on "his" team.  LeBron will never be comfortable with himself and can't handle adversity.   I just feel sorry for the guy who Pekovic stole the ball and ran the court on last night in the wolves game.  That was something to watch and be embarassed about!!!
Great point!



Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

If I recall when a kid dunked on LeBron at his camp, he made sure that the footage was confiscated.  It's probably the reason Wade is the better closer on "his" team.  LeBron will never be comfortable with himself and can't handle adversity.   I just feel sorry for the guy who Pekovic stole the ball and ran the court on last night in the wolves game.  That was something to watch and be embarassed about!!!



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:19 pm
 

I'm expecting Bron to try and yam on Perk now

Yes -- a dunk is only two points, but it can change momentum and really rally the squad.



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:11 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

 How sweet would it be to see Perk posterize LeBron?????



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:59 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

I love poster jams, but I remember watching old school basketball.  When high fly highlight guys tried to poster somebody they got put on the floor and it sent a message to everyone that the no layup/dunk rule is in effect.  I would hate to see a player like Blake get hammered to the point that it is dangerous, but it may actually do a lot to prolong his career.  I hope I am wrong but Blake is going to get seriously injured one day trying to poster everyone.  Imagine Blake trying to mash on Bill Lambier.  OUCH!



Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Perk is absolutely right on this. Lebron could have said Best Dunk of the Year and left at that to give Blake his props. It's what he said afterwards that gives you insight into his Psyche. And while he may win a ring (this season is best shot) he won't be passing MJ's 6. You can take that to the bank.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:49 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

That is one of the big problems...these players are mentally unstable.....one dunk shouldnt cause you to play bad for any amount of time......they are professionals.....so amazing how bad teams are on the road and how good teams are at home....this isnt football, w natural grass vs field turf or dome vs out in the elements......its all the same, these ADULTS need to sack up their metnally unstable minds and not be so fragile.....their street cred w me goes out the window every time they lose a game by 30 on the road, then beat the same team by 10 at home.....basket saem heighth...wtf



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:35 pm
 

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Wow, really? Who in hell cares? No wonder the game is suffering, this is news!


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