Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 10:15 am  |  9 responses

Kendrick Perkins on the Value of Technical Fouls

Techs — the result of calculated bullying — are all part of Perk’s tactics when it comes to pyschological warfare with opposing players and refs. From the Oklahoman: In just 12 games as a member of the Thunder, Kendrick Perkins has been hit with five technical fouls. That ties him with Serge Ibaka for second on the Thunder if you count only the Ts he’s received in Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook leads the way with eight. But throw in the four techs Perk picked up in Boston and his tally is a team-leading nine in just 24 games this season … But the recently-acquired 6-foot-10 center is not just a hot head who can’t control his temper. Perk insists there’s a method to his madness. ‘It’s times that you can get a good tech,’ Perkins explained. ‘You set the tone every now and then.’ … He’s playing the role of the schoolyard bully, testing and taunting his competition to see how far they’ll allow him to go. As Perkins said, if he pushes and is not pushed back he knows he has the upper hand. If he barks and his man backs down, he know he’s won the game within the game. When it comes to the refs, however, Perkins is more careful. ‘I try to pick and choose,’ Perkins said. ‘Sometimes it may look like I’m attacking the ref or swearing or cursing at a ref but I’m not. Sometimes I’m just telling him to get his head in the game or something to that nature. As I got older, I developed good relationships with the guys so they know how I am and they have a higher tolerance for me. And I know how to approach them. I just pick and choose. Some days I try to get a tech. Other days, I just mess with them every now and then.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    hmmm.. well i guess we can add a new play to the playbook that actually gives the opposite team a chance to score two points.. brilliant..

  • vtrobot

    KG has taught him well. Like how he’s wearing number 5 now. Good luck to Perk and OKC during the playoffs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    on the other hand i do like how he has grown into a kg-type mentality

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    he’s got somewhat a point here. Technicals can really change the intensity of a game and amp the team up.
    however, im not sure getting 5 in 12 games is a great idea haha.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I’m loving him on the Thunder. Can’t wait to see these kids make a run in the playoffs!

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    I’m hating him on the Thunder. They brought him in to play defense and rebound, and he’s only doing one of the two. His defense lately has been close to non-existant. Big man after big man has come in and put up big numbers, while he blows 6 layups like he did last night against the Clippers. Made me sick. And hey while he’s at it, let’s get a technical every other game. I’m not making a judgement on him yet, but I haven’t been impressed so far.

  • Heals

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Enjoy him OKC fans…

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    Yeah and Dwight Howard gets his techs because he has a “way” to do it. This is Bull crap that he would say that.. Of course he must have a temper to get 5 techs in 12 games..

  • http://dude Chukaz

    I thought he was talkin about monetary value. In the accounting world i think technical fouls are consider contra-assets (devaluation of assets, in this case, cash)