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Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 2:15 pm  |  41 responses

Udonis Haslem Thinks Kendrick Perkins Acts Tough for the Cameras


In a possible preview of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat and OKC Thunder delivered body blows to one another for 48 minutes last night. Following the Heat’s big win, Udonis Haslem threw a verbal shot at Thunder big man Kendrick Perskins, whom he considers somewhat of a studio gangster, if you will. From the Sun-Sentinel: “If Kendrick Perkins’ shove against Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook’s takedown of LeBron James created straight-up animus, the Heat and Thunder will have to wait until June 10, the earliest possible start date for the NBA Finals, to personally address such issues. But if a game the first week of April can make a statement, then the Heat potentially move forward not only with revived hope of yet securing the league’s best overall record, but also of rekindling the franchise’s image of tough as well as talented. ‘I think we definitely turned it up a little bit,’ forward Udonis Haslem said during a morning appearance on WQAM. ‘We were a little frustrated. We got two pretty hard fouls coming from those guys on that end.’ While both James and Haslem downplayed Westbrook’s foul as one of exuberance in the heat of the moment, Haslem pointedly took umbrage to Perkins’ shove against Wade. Recall, earlier this season Perkins derided James for drawing attention to Blake Griffin’s highlight-of-the-season dunk on Perkins. Perkins also has a push-come-to-shove history with the Heat dating to his tenure with the Boston Celtics. That had Haslem firing back on his radio appearance. ‘I think sometimes people just use the TVs and the cameras and the crowd, you know, to put on a show,’ Haslem said of Perkins. ‘I don’t think he’s all that he shows out there on the court. I think anybody can be a tough guy with a thousand people watching on TV and referees who call fouls and stop the game and different things like that. I don’t seeing him being any tough guy that he puts on the show to be, at all … If we were playing at the park, I don’t think he’d be doing all that,’ Haslem said. While the Heat did not retaliate physically against the Thunder, Haslem spent the balance of the night giving Perkins an earful. ‘I voiced my opinion a little bit,’ Haslem said. ‘Not entitled to say what I said last night, but I got a little bit off my chest. Where I’m from, all the talking and playing like that, if some point it comes to a situation where you’ve got to back it up, he’s never had to back it up, because obviously referees always step in.’”

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  • SikWithIt5

    Mr. Never-committed a foul in his life a.k.a Kendrick Perkins needs to be checked

  • @boweezy24

    Hood Nigguh!

  • JC

    LOVEEEEEE IT!!!!! Haslem always tells as is!!!! Perkins is the biggest studio gangster in the NBA!!

  • IamYOU

    Haslem called someone a studio gangster before perkins but I can’t recall his name..

  • IamYOU

    aw yeah I remember! it was the truth p-double!

  • shuref00t

    Well, he was a teammate of Garnett. Just sayin’! Perkins still has the best scowl in the league.

  • 23 kid

    So is Dwade! act tough for the camera.

  • fruizm

    I dont really root for either team but I really hope they meet in the finals!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    iamyou, i think it was pierce and that was the first thing that came to mind when i read the head line, lol @ studio gangsta

  • http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=320404014 Allenp

    Same thing I always say. It’s not tough fouling people hard in the NBA. It’s tough when nobody is going to stop the fight.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    To bad OKC will not make it to the Finals because of the Spurs :)

  • LA Huey

    “…you was a ballerina. I got the pictures; I seen you.”

  • tomtom

    Cosign Udonis!!

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com That’sGangsta

    Pierce got stabbed for this exact reason.All NBA players are actors. Step up to a real thug and … well… it ain’t gonna be pretty.

  • Ldub

    Pretty sure KP is gonna have some sort of response. And I too would love to see these two teams go at in the finals.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Idk I think they both can get down for theirs.

  • http://SLAMONLINE.COM Gab

    hey 23 kid Dwade does it cause he’s a Beast!!!!!

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com That’sGangsta

    Wade is a hot dog with all the trimmings but with out the beef.

  • MikeC.

    “I don’t think he’s all that he shows out there on the court. I think anybody can be a tough guy with a thousand people watching on TV and referees who call fouls” – I’m just picturing Perk at home with his wife and kids. Kids come running past him and he shoulder checks them into a wall and says “Don’t come running my baseline” and scowls at them. Wife says “Hey, I need some money for groceries” and Perk scowls and gives her a forearm shiver. Then he goes and eats glass bottles in the dark.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Personnally, I would love to see the present day “tough guys” of the NBA mix it up with Charles Oakley. Then we would know who is though and who isn’t. LOL.

  • Shifty

    You know what Haslems a dick. What a immature ugly peice. Really, never had to back it up cuz refs step in…..what’s he going to do have a fight? What a moron. Fighting is a sign of weakness and Haslem is weak in the mind if he lets perkins performances trouble him.

  • don the GSW fan

    i don’t know man, but if perk can guard dwight ALONE in the PAINT, then that’s tough. and i just think it’s soft to fight over at TWITTER.

  • mike

    Kendrick is a tough defensive player. He’s cool. UD does for the heat what Perk does for his team.

  • smoove

    is a guy named “udonis” talkin shit..man please perk would stomp you out.

  • MikeC.

    @ berkamore- add Anthony Mason and Rick Mahorn to that list.

  • LA Huey

    Rumor has it, Perk is a big fan of Glee.

  • Matisse

    He smiled way to often as a child. So much so that it repulsed his mother. He would blow out dandelions and skipped when he walked and looked adorable when clutching a yellow rubber duck when he bathed. His mother having been repulsed by such exuberance by a grown man, put out her cigarette grabbed his the back of his neck and dipped it into molten wet cement. He still skipped when he walked and blew out dandelions in the open fields. His face was a permanent scowl.

  • Mariano

    I love how everyone’s acting like the Thunder and Heat are going for sure to the finals. Tell me when’s the last time a team running ISO plays for only 2 different players like the Thunder was able to win the NBA finals.

  • Shut up Haslem

    Only a loser says stuff like this. What’s sad is that in Haslems mind he thinks of himself as a REAL man. Violence for the sake of violence is weak and pathetic. Shut up.

  • jpm34

    Where is Vernon Maxwell these days?

  • pacmac

    MikeC killed it “eating glass bottles in the dark…”

  • Justin G.

    Anthony Mason was a wannabe too. He played on a tough team and he was a big guy but he wasn’t pulling that same crap when he left New York. @LA Huey…what’s wrong with Glee? :-)

  • MikeC.

    @Justin – Mase’s toughness has little to do with hard fouls and poses for the cameras. I equate his toughness with his ability to lock down 3s, 4s and 5. Mase was a rock.

  • Old Long Johnson

    pot calling the kettle black.

  • King Mike

    REAL TALK: I Gotta CO-SIGN (UDONIS) On This One Cause I’ve Been Saying This SAME SHIT To My GUYS From DAY ONE… “Dude A BITCH, He Just Trying To Act HARD and I Bet That Nigga Can’t FIGHT At All” …and I Don’t Know (KENDRICK PERKINS) PERSONALLY But It’s Just One Of Those Things You Can Just Tell… ESPECIALLY When You From The HOOD Cause You Deal With Niggas Like (KENDRICK PERKINS) On A DAY to DAY Basis With All That MEAN-MUGGIN and Shit, Trying To Look Tough But When It’s Time To THROW THOSE HANDS… It’s A Whole Nother Story, Cause If This NIGGA HARD As He Trying Act Like He Is… STEP To (KENYON MARTIN) With That TOUGH GUY SHIT and I Bet ANY MONEY He Get His ASS WHOOPED!!!

  • King Mike

    With All That MEAN-MUGGIN and Shit, Trying To Look Tough But When It’s Time To THROW THOSE HANDS… It’s A Whole Nother Story, Cause If This NIGGA HARD As He Be Trying To ACT Like He Is… STEP To (KENYON MARTIN) With That TOUGH GUY SHIT and I Bet ANY MONEY He Get His ASS WHOOPED!!!

  • Hood MVP

    Man, KENYON MARTIN Would BEAT KENDRICK PERKINS ASS!!!

  • Byebye

    Haslem might be the toughest player in the league pound for pound and he regularly goes back to the hood he was raised he all ways gives back

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Word to whoever said Twitter beefing is soft. Some dude tried to come at me over that sh*t and I just laughed. Everyone is a bad a$$ behind the keyboard.

  • Darryl

    I bet KP would do have the crap he do if he played the 80′s Knicks, or against Dennis Rodman. X-MAn: Xavier McDonald, Oakley, Hell Bill Lambieer(Pistons), Ant Mason, Barkley, John Starks real tough dudes, that showed on and off the court. Yeah I hate those TV tough guys when you got players grabbing you and Refs stepping in between, with that $2 scowl…

  • Detroit Dave

    shouldnt be nothin to throw on tha gloves for charity- they need to do that shyt in Hip Hop too

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