Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  13 responses

OKC Thunder Players Call Kendrick Perkins to Complain

According to OKC Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, he’s the guy that teammates call when they have a problem such as not getting enough touches. Per Yahoo! Sports: “For Kendrick Perkins, the telephone calls from frustrated Oklahoma City Thunder teammates come with a far greater frequency than passes into the post. Sometimes, this is the blessing and the curse of playing with the greatness of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. In victory and defeat, the ball belongs to the NBA’s two best 20-something scorers and everyone else is left to sort through the scraps of shots. ‘I get phone calls at all hours of the night from different teammates,’ Perkins said. ‘And I’ve got to tell them: OK, you didn’t get yours tonight but… ‘ Perkins said. ‘So OK, take Serge [Ibaka]. I’ll tell him, ‘OK man, you got seven points tonight, then you need to go get eight blocks. Some nights it’s not going to be your night, where you can touch the ball. It’s like that on this team, especially when you’ve got scorers like Russ, K.D. and Kevin Martin leading the league in scoring.’ Twenty-four hours before Perkins made an immense block on the Brooklyn Nets’ Deron Williams in the final minute of the Thunder’s 117-111 victory at Barclays Center, Perkins gave a knowing nod and shrugged. ‘The game ends, you go home, take an hour break and then I know it’s mentoring time. Guys are gonna call.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    I wish I could call Perk and complain about my finals.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Kevin and Russell aren’t idiots. They know what they’re doing. It’s obviously working so far. They only have 3 scorers on that team. Russell is averaging more assists and less turnovers. Doing a great job. Serge can score at times, but it’s not like he’s going to be a 16 PPG kind of player. Sometimes players need to know their roles and just play them. Who, besides Serge, is calling Perkins and complaining about touches? Thabo Sefolosha? Or are guys just complaining about not touching the ball for a few seconds before they pass it to one of the 3 guys who actually can put it in the basket?

  • RedDragon10

    Thabo’s suppose to get 8 blocks a game?

  • Redd

    I have to disagree, Ibaka can score. But I agree who the heck is calling complaining about getting touches outside of Ibaka..logically.

  • Draak Grafula

    I actually love how much Ibaka has improved on offence this year. Or do you think it’s just a result of Duraant and Westbook getting better at distributing?

  • spit hot fiyah

    only if u can’t read

  • Hursty

    Perkins has basically been through it all in the NBA. Drafted in 2003, been on mediocre and terrible teams and championship and championship calibre teams. Never been “the man”, never will be. And he’s ok with that. Dealt with injuries and being benched in key moments in playoff games.
    You could go to worse guys in the NBA for advice.

  • RedDragon10

    Or if you’re dyslexic. It’s still ridiculous.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Durant and Westbrook getting better at distributing. Harden leaving may have actually made those two become better all-around players.

  • elmaar

    If he was that wise he wouldn’t talk about it.
    And his time spreading the knowledge in OKC might soon come to an end as well.

  • Sakari Heiskanen

    Ibaka is averaging 14.2 ppg in 32 minutes. Hes shooting has improved dramatically while he remains a bionic superfreak. He’s only 23 so 16ppg doesn’t seem reaching to me.

  • bill

    What mediocre and terrible teams has he played on?

  • Cameron

    Well, as a Celtics fan, he was on the team when they were worse than mediorce