Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  69 responses

Perkins on Refs: They Don’t Like Us

by Marcel Mutoni

The local media started it, and now some of the Celtics players themselves are joining in the accusation that the men with the whistles are somehow against the team in green and white.

When asked for his opinion of what’s going on in the Bulls/Celtics, currently tied at 2 games apiece, Kendrick Perkins directed the blame for the C’s struggles at who else…the refs.

The Boston Herald reports:

“I don’t think the refs like the Boston Celtics,” he said after yesterday’s practice.

When asked why, Perkins also was careful to indict his team. “I don’t know,” he said, breaking into a smile. “We’ve got a lot of talkers on this team, if you know what I mean.” Perkins is one of them.

He has developed a look of disbelief – an aghast glare that mirrors the one patented by Tim Duncan following a whistle – that accompanies just about every call.

Perkins fouled out in the previous game (as did the Bulls’ Brad Miller.) Perk’s coach, naturally, still believes the refs aren’t giving his bigs a fair shake when it comes to moving screens.

With the series shifting back to Beantown for a pivotal Game 5, the need to work the refs on and off the court is more than understandable; one wishes, though, that the Celtics would take a page out of Chicago’s book, and simply let their play speak for them.

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  • Superman Osman

    More and more mind games. Don’t cave in young Bulls. Game 5 is looking awfully red to me

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Oh crap, here comes the wahhhmbulance. WAHHHHHhhhHHHHHHHHhhhhhHHHHH

  • slamfan4life

    c’mon bulls, you take take these pushovers


  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham


  • Squirrel7

    I don’t think it’s just the refs………

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    IF nothing else, i admire Perk’s shoulder stretch marks. You cant deny their quality.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel


  • Enigmatic

    Wow….just…wow. Way to act like a champion there, Jerkins.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    On my list of “favorite current NBA players,” Kendrick Perkins comes in at around 363rd.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Russ, Perk is a nice guy off the court. I ran into him in the city and he just let me, a 13 year old, just walk into what he was doing to shake his hand and tell him that he was playing great at the time. He’s a nice guy off the court.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Good for you. 363rd.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Upon further consideration, I’m willing to move him all the way up to 362nd. Sorry, Dahntay Jones.

  • Squirrel7

    I assume that there are approximately 365 registered players in the league then, Russ?

  • neaorin

    oh for crying out loud…

  • Tuomas

    Exactly, neaorin. Exactly.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Perkins smiled?

  • vtrobot

    The NBA wants Mamba v. Bron, but I don’t buy the conspiracy theories. I think the refereeing is just genuinely and honestly bad. Speaking of genuinely bad, how about that new Reggie Blackberry add. It’s odd that one former great has one of the worst ads on TV, while another great from the same era has the BEST ad on TV. EWING! “What’s up, Ryan?” Oh man, I hate that Snickers campaign, but P. Ewing KILLS IT! Sorry to change the topic, but I don’t think SLAM was going to start a thread about this.

  • Ken

    362 for me. Eat it Kobe!

  • phil

    Wah wah wah I hope this joke of a team loses tonight.

  • cdef28

    Note to Perkins: Learn how to play without fouling.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    anything they could do to get the concentration off how bad they are playing. excuses.
    but i agree, the only way the nba could make an ish load of money is if the cavs vs lakers make the finales.
    we heard how much money kidd rock would throw in for a first row tickets, imagine everyone else in this ishty economy.

  • Diesel

    So its the refs fault that him and Davis chose to eat cheeseburgers instead of work on their verticals? You have 2 big guys that can barely dunk! Perkins is a fool. I really hope the Bulls win because the entire Celtics team is a bunch of clowns. Moose – you’re too young to be posting here.

  • Jess

    celts need to shut up and play ball…lets go bulls!!!

  • vtrobot

    c’mon. the celts aren’t all clowns. not clowns: rondo, ray, leon, tony, scal. likable clowns: eddie, kg. and then there’s the rest. c’s will take this. their experience will win it for them in the end. watching the blazers try to close games lately proves my point. plus gordon’s injury. i hope it’s sixers-C’s and Cavs-Hawks next round.

  • Diesel

    You’re right vtrobot, Rondo and Powe seem like good guys. The rest of those guys are chumps though. KG is not likeable. Maybe pre-celtics KG, but all his jawing and scowls are just annoying now.

  • riggs

    dont mind diesel vtrobot, he’s an idiot.

  • Diesel

    riggs – sounds like someone’s angry because his team sucks and needs the refs to help them win games. Please – let me hear your non-idiotic come back

  • John D

    Hey Diesel, KG has been the SAME GUY with the SAME ANTICS his whole career. It cracks me up that there are still morons who don’t realize this. The same things he does in Boston, he did in Minnesota. Either you liked him then and still like him, or you never liked him to begin with.

  • vtrobot

    last night kobe was sort of biting the recent pushed out chin scowl that KGs been sporting on the bench recently. i don’t really care who appreciates some of the C’s, i just think it’s funny when someone says that every player on an entire team is junk. i’d consider myself a laker “hater” but i’m a big ariza fan. dude and his sprained ankle had it going last night. pretty dang versatile. maybe the knicks should have thought about hanging onto him.

  • Diesel

    Ok – well then I never liked him.

  • vtrobot

    i can see why people wouldn’t like KG, and Eddie, and Perk, and PP, but that’s why the C’s fans love them. being able to talk a lot of junk and back it up with skills (perks has enough skills to do some talking) is a great part of the NBA. complaining about the refs all the time, not so much.

  • Cizzo

    The Cee’s know it’s over so they can complain all they want, it want save them, maybe not this round maybe this either way it’s inevidble!

  • Diesel

    vtrobot – don’t you see how all that talking could look dumb though when you’re talking a lot while tied at 2 games a piece to the 7th seed? I would argue that none of them have backed up the talk in this series. Otheriwse I agree with what you’re saying. I’ve liked Noah this series while basically everyone else hates him.

  • karma

    I wanna punch Perkins in the face. Pierce too. I hate the Celtics, this team talks too much. Dont talk about the refs when one of your own teammates pretended he got headbutted when there was no contact and STILL got the call. Get the f*k outta here.

  • Fat Lever

    So the Celts are a team of talkers, huh? Would that be close talkers, high talkers, or a bit of a group of low talkers?

  • ClydeSays

    Well, Perk completed a series of dumb, cheap fouls in Game 4. I go as far to say they contributed to the Bulls victory. So he should be pi$$ed.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I still think it’s funny that David gets beat up by every scary white guy in the league.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Two down, two more to go in Robert Swift and the Birdman.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Oh, and David should be Davis.

  • thatsthetruthruth

    i love the opinion from bawston fans that the increased attention and ‘hate’ is some form of flattery or proof that bawston is relevant. no guys, the celtics are just the annoying drunk guy at the bar making a lot of noise and acting all fall-down tough. ‘haters’ can’t wait to applaud when you’re out the door. welcome to boston: get out now while you still have a future.

  • erika badu

    Again…. Boston sports = WHINE.

  • cdef28

    If people say the Pistons are too high on their horse when they talk trash (Sheed), then Boston is absolutely talking way too much for what they have accomplished. They won 1 championship and are struggling to get out of the first round, whereas Detroit has a championship, been to two NBA Finals, six straigh ECF, and Rasheed’s the one who mostly talked, not a bad player unlike Perkins.

  • vtrobot

    C’s won the championship last year and they were one of the best teams in the league this year. They have the right to keep talking until the season is over. The two quietest people (Ray/Rondo) are speaking the loudest with their actions. Pierce will back it up. Eddie will back it up when given the chance. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 2/7 matchup. It wouldn’t be close if KG was playing. The series would probably be over. C’s in 6. @ Diesel – Noah has had a good impact on the game recently. More than I usually notice.

  • cdef28

    You are an idiot vtrobot. Find another place to ruin. This is too good of a website for you to try and act like you know basketball.

  • http://www.droseroy.com airs


  • Tommy Patron

    If you want to be liked, stop being an unlikeable prick.

  • OneStep

    It’s not just the refs Perk; it’s everyone. No one likes you because there’s nothing to like. And that’s on you and your cohorts.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    That’s BULL-sh!t.

  • KoBynum716

    Perk’s just mad that KG’s out so now he cant take advantage of the double on KG and sneak in for a layup. even one-on-one coverage is too much for his fatazz. he’s a clown, and if he wants to complain about refs, lets take a trip back to last year…..finals…..game 2…………..

  • vtrobot

    @cdef28: ouch. wow. i didn’t mean to ruin everything. i’ll try to keep the conversation at junior high level. some of the most loved players are total pricks: MJ, Kobe, etc., etc. again, cdef28, i’m sorry. ray’s going for 30 tonight.

  • http://www.droseroy.com/ airs

    wow, you just might’ve dug yourself a pretty big hole calling MJ a prick, vtrobot.

  • phil

    Is there something in the water up there that makes all Boston fans retarded?

  • Tommy Patron

    vtrobot-MJ and Kobe do not care who likes them.

  • truthteller

    Perkins is talking now? Wow!

  • Kyle

    NBA needs Lakers/Cavs or more importantly Kobe/Lebron Ton of money involved. You can skip the next month and tune in for the finals. The refs will supplement their incomes controlling the spread for the next few weeks and the finals will be Lakers/Cavs.

  • CDef28

    Vtrobot, it’s not about Perkins being a prick. It’s about him having no room to speak. Kobe can be a prick all he wants, he’s the best in the game. Perkins is a no-name loser who has no room to speak with all those boneheaded fouls. I don’t even care if the Celtics win or don’t win. You obviously can’t have educated conversations about topics, you just jump to assuming I want the Bulls to win.

  • vtrobot

    cdef, i can have educated conversations. i’d agree that perk talks way more than his skills should allow him to, BUT he was a semi-important piece on last year’s championship team. i think that alone gives him the right to do some talking if he wants to. i don’t think i assumed who you were rooting for. @ phil: what makes you think we’re all reetaaahded up here? game time. enough of all this silliness. we can talk again when the C’s are up 3-2.

  • CDef28

    Yeah you did.
    “cdef28, i’m sorry. ray’s going for 30 tonight.”
    It’s all good though.

  • vtrobot

    he would have hit 30 if he hadn’t “fouled” out. anyway, 3-2. as amazing as it is, it almost now seems like it was a good deal for gordon to turn down that contract. no more overtimes, please.

  • The Last Kings Fan

    I don’t like you either, Perkins

  • chazz michael michaels

    derrick rose is a poopie gone very very wrong!!!

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com nba-jersey-king

    Perkins? who cares?

  • BostonBaller

    The article says: I don’t think the refs like the Boston Celtics,” he said after yesterday’s practice. When asked why, “I don’t know,” he said, breaking into a smile. “We’ve got a lot of talkers on this team, if you know what I mean.” Perkins is one of them.

    The article also says: the need to work the refs on and off the court is more than understandable; one wishes, though, that the Celtics would take a page out of Chicago’s book, and simply let their play speak for them. (Chicago complains also) OMO

  • malanacream

    I wanna know what you guys have to say about perkins today… Perkins was a monster in the last quarter yesterday!!!! I know he’s not the best player in the world, but he did his job yesterday… If it wasnt for him and RR the game wouldn’t be that nice, boston would be dead in the last quarter and pierce wouldn’t do what he did. So before give all the credit for pierce we gotta see what everybody else did.

  • BostonBaller

    I’m of the opinion that there is too much talking and jesturing from ALL the teams in the league and we tend to harp on the teams we don’t like. Perk talks and glares way too much for a player who has not earned the right to “unecessarily” talk smack. KG is the same today as he was in Minny so let’s not nit pick. I actually love his game now as I did then and I still hate all his swearing as I did when he was in Minny.

  • BostonBaller

    phil, we drink the Charles River wadda after we color it green. (Since I’m retarded can my white jacket have green shamrocks on it?) Even though Perk has “never fouled anyone” he is very serviceable and I’d take him over a lot of centers in the L (Do the research) thatstheUNtruthruth, I don’t drink and I avoid bars b/c of guys like you who spew out 40oz knowledge while drinking cheap wine. Don’t let the anger get in the way of a good game. I bet you had a lot of negative things to say about Rondo and us Boston fans for saying he was a top pg. Some of us actually do know the game and root for our team w/out being complete homers…BTW, I hate to listen to Tommy H call a game.

  • brian scalabrine

    Phils a tool, and brad miller sure got the smile smacked of his face when rondo b!tch slapped him, he deserved it after smiling when he flopped on jeezy shuttlesworths 6th pers.

  • Diesel

    Why isn’t there any complaining from Celtic fans about the calls today? Oh yeah, because you got all the calls. Either you guys are the highest percentage shot blocking team of all time, or the refs finally gave in to Doc’s and Perkin’s post game whining. I’m with Jeremy Van Gundy…don’t even talk about the game anymore during press conferences. Just lobby for calls. It obviously worked for the Celtics in game 6.

  • Diesel

    Brian, all we need now is someone to knock Davis’ eyes straight and everyone will be cool.