Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 3:05 pm  |  14 responses

Kendrick Perkins Uniting the Oklahoma City Thunder

by Sam Riches / @sam_riches

During his tenure in Boston and under the tutelage of Doc Rivers, Kendrick Perkins was taught the philosophy of ‘ubuntu’: an African ideology that underscores the importance of unity and working together to achieve success.

After the Thunder lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1, Perkins encouraged Kevin Durant to gather the team and watch the game tape together. A players-only meeting to discuss what mistakes were made and how to correct them.

Judging by the way the Thunder played the Grizzlies last night, the meeting paid off.

From Yahoo! Sports:

“Durant took Perkins’ suggestion and arranged for a players-only dinner at his house on Monday night. The team dined on a Thanksgiving-worthy spread prepared by Durant’s personal chef and watched every minute of OKC’s disheartening loss to the Grizzlies. The players stopped the video at times to discuss specific breakdowns. By the end of the evening, they were in agreement on what needed to be done to improve.

They must have been right, too. Twenty-four hours later, the Thunder walked off the court at Oklahoma City Arena with a series-evening 111-102 victory. At least a few of the Thunder thought the seeds for the victory were planted at their clear-the-air, players-only meeting, the team’s first of the season.

‘Perk did it,’ Durant told Yahoo! Sports. ‘He wanted us to do it, and everybody listens to Perk.’”

Saturday’s Game 3 will be ripe with emotion as the Grizzlies look to bounce back in their return to Memphis.

With Perkin’s filling the role of elder-statesman for the Thunder, it will be interesting to see if the Grizzlies, led by the bruising but untested bodies of Z-Bo and Marc Gasol, can find an answer to Oklahoma’s adjustments and continue their surprising Playoff run.

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  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Wow. Perk’s gone from “youngin’” on the Celtics to an “edler statesmen” on the Thunder.

  • 1982

    Smart – he’s the one with the ring.

  • Chris

    Jeff Green scored 11, so there’s that

  • robb

    I knew Perkins would do something after the first game.

  • Hambone

    I wonder if kd paused it everytime zbo killed perk or Russ threw up garbage…nah they’d never make it to dessert

  • Grizz Mascot

    Grizz will WIN this series in 6 games.

  • irondan21

    Big three and doc differently had an impact on Perk

  • flipnoyce

    Do what you can with OKC Perk, atleast you can still make a big impact with your new team. Everyone in Beantown definitely misses your presence by now.

  • iLL wiLL

    Ainge fuc*ed up by trading Perk. SMH. Even though they didn’t have enough money to resign him, you can’t rely on Snaq O’Neal.

  • paul

    Perkins has to raise his game, though, if the Thunder are to win.

  • MikeC.

    They Thunder have to listen to Perk. They’re all afraid he’ll take a bite out of their cars if they don’t listen up.

  • http://www.onitsukatigermexico66.us onitsuka tiger mexico 66

    Durant and westbrook should make the team better not only for them to get high point.
    Hope it will play better in the series and win.


    I thought Perk was good for the Thunder but to me hasn’t done a thing for them n the playoff really 2pts 4reb c’mon u could have kept J.Green for that! #justmyopinion

  • Angela O

    Kendrick Perkins, a player who earns(?) millions of dollars playing a game, gives pizza delivery drivers who go to his house $0! (yes, nothing at all) for their tip! Perhaps instead of ubuntu he should have learned about karma?? HAHAHA! Lo-ser, getting slaughtered by the Heat!