Kendrick Perkins refuses to buy into the hype surrounding the new-look Lakers, and says that his team is trying to win a title and not worried about their rivals from Los Angeles. Per the Oklahoman: “I just said it’s time to go to work,’ Thunder center Kendrick Perkins said about [Dwight] Howard joining the Lakers. ‘I knew the hype was going to be over there on that end and all that. But I’m glad the attention is off us because we’re the type that likes to put our hard hats on and do stuff and keep it under the radar. And at the end of the day, when you look at the box score, Oklahoma won. That’s the way we like to keep it.’ Not only is Perkins unfazed, but he also echoed several of his Thunder teammates who already have refuted the notion that the Lakers are now the team to beat in the West. ‘We are the Western Conference champs,’ Perkins said. ‘So at the end of the day, we’re not chasing nobody except for the ring. We’re chasing Miami to get a championship. It’s no guarantee who is going to be where. But we earned the Western champs so we’re not chasing the Lakers, we’re chasing a championship and that’s what it’s about.’”