It was only a week ago that Blake Griffin detonated an atomic bomb upon Kendrick Perkins’ goateed dome. It feels like much, much longer. Since then, we’ve had the Kevin Durant backlash, a t-shirt about the dunk and a season-ending injury to a valuable Clipper. It’s understandable that it seems like it happened way longer ago. A lot of stuff has gone down since then.
But people are still talking about it. Kendrick Perkins, for one. He’s still getting asked questions about it, so he’s answering. And among the things he’s talking about is how he doesn’t like LeBron James’ reaction. From Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears:
Several NBA players commented about the dunk on Twitter and in media interviews, but the only one that bothered Perkins was James.
Shortly after the dunk, James tweeted, “Dunk of the Year! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!!! Wow! I guess I’m No. 2 now. Move over #6.” James was referring to his alley-oop dunk he threw down after jumping over Chicago Bulls guard John Lucas III a day earlier.
“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.”
I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that this wins Kendrick Perkins a few fans. Nearly 10,000 NBA players tweeted about Blake Griffin’s dunk, but Kendrick Perkins singles out only LeBron James for scorn, then says he’s not playing for the right reasons and is desperate to be liked. The only way Perkins could be a bigger fan favorite is to be Kevin Durant.
It’s a very 1980′s mindset to call out one of a bunch of players as the one guy you’re mad at. This shows, pretty obviously, that Kendrick Perkins is not the biggest LeBron James fan on Earth. I’m of the opinion that this sort of thing is good for the league. A little enmity between the Thunder and Heat should they meet in the NBA Finals would be pretty great, so I wouldn’t mind this thinking permeating throughout the Oklahoma City locker room.
Even if this doesn’t start a full-scale blood feud betwixt these two teams, us fans are still going to be winners here. Reading this is sure to make LeBron want to dunk on Kendrick Perkins and Kendrick said, “If I was in the same position, in the same rotation, I’m going to jump again and again and again.”
The two teams meet March 25. I’m going to start prepping my LeBron dunk post tonight.