Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  16 responses

Kendrick Perkins Says Thunder Chasing a Ring, Not the Lakers

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.’”

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  • JML-G

    Thunder gonna lose in the first round of po’s to Denver in 2014 #uhearditherefirst

  • The Bugg

    Denver will finish too high for them to play each other in the first round.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Perkins is right. Only thing in front of OKC is Miami until they lose in the playoffs. LA has to take the WC championship from them. They still have nothing for Durant/Westbrook/Harden.

  • spit hot fiyah

    you r talking about 2 years from now?

  • Junior Taylor

    Why is it always the cats with the least impact on the court say the most off the court?

  • shockexchange

    Whenever a group of women are together and the Shock Exchange speaks to the fine one in the bunch, 99% of the time the least attractive one answers on her behalf. This is the equivalent.

  • danpowers

    i would be quite happy as a player on the lakers these days. it seems as if there was no pressure at all, bobody in the league seems to be worried about this team. looks like lak are the underdogs this year lol

  • LakeShow

    I recall you also calling Pau Gasol soft… Before he scored more than any other Celtic in the Finals in ’10.
    In the words of Shaq, “how doth thine ass taste?”

  • LakeShow

    I don’t like that argument.
    “They still have nothing for Durant/Westbrook/Harden.”
    Just like OKC has “nothing” for Nash, Kobe, Gasol, Howard…

  • Max

    The Shock Exchange is right on this one.

  • Dav!d

    George Karl’s teams don’t win potential upsets.

  • Feez_22

    ehh… okc has players when healthy that can guard kobe, gasol and howard. Perkins actually did a great job agaisnt dwight when he was in boston because when you can push dwight out of the paint, he is less effective. Westbrook has good athletic skills but nash plays well offensively against him because of his smarts. Same with parker. Ibaka can check gasol which leaves kobe to volume shoot against the thunder like he did last playoffs. The lakers legitimately have nothing for durant-westbrook but can stop harden if they want.

  • LakeShow

    We will see about all this you speak of in such certainty.

  • Conor

    Didn’t Howard average 33 points & 11 rebounds against OKC last season? HaHaHa

  • LakeShow

    Conor… That’s enough man. You know it was Perkins that man handled Dwight.
    Garnett had nothing to do with his ineffectiveness.
    Also Dwight has not matured his game since then…..

  • Conor