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Kendrick Perkins questions Lakers' charging strategy

The Lakers' demeanor this week may have suggested they're about to attend a museum or play an exhibition game. On the other hand, the Boston Celtics' Kendrick Perkins has bought into what the Lakers-Celtics rivalry entails. That includes trash talking.

Now in the interest of fair play, the comments I'm about to share have plenty of context to them and really don't sound as harsh as they sound. But posting this in a Lakers blog is the equivalent of hitting a hornets nest with a baseball bat and expecting not to be stung. And besides, it's much more interesting than what  anyone had to say Wednesday during the team's media day.

ESPN Los Angeles' Shelly Smith recently reported how the Lakers have offered $50 to players that take charges, and a Boston-based area reporter relayed the story to Perkins and suggested that merely camouflages the team's apparent lack of toughness.

"Like Doc [Rivers] said, you can't be something that you're not," Perkins said. "I feel like if you're a physical team, you're a physical team. If you're not, you're not. I don't think a coach should have to pay you or take the media to make you physical and get on you about being soft. If you're a physical guy, you're a physical guy."

So are the Lakers not physical? a reporter asked.

"I didn't say that," Perkins said. "All I'm hearing is about how the Lakers are trying to be physical. I'm just like, OK, that's what we like."

The Lakers have been met with questions all week about their toughness. Though I think that the Lakers' lack of toughness largely contributed to their failure to win the 2008 Finals, through time the criticism has become more and more overblown. The Lakers have taken a better effort not to allow opponents, such as Boston or Denver, to intimidate them. But the Lakers being a finesse team instead of a scrappy team doesn't suddenly mean they're not tough. And the article makes it clear the financial incentive to take charges goes back to last year, a revelation that shows the carrot hasn't really worked and demonstrates more the Lakers' inconsistent work ethic. But that doesn't mean they're not tough. If the Lakers truly lacked toughness, then they wouldn't have managed to play through numerous injuries, prevail through their late-season struggles and win close games. 

When I asked Perkins whether he's seen the addition of Ron Artest contribute to the Lakers' toughness, he hit on a theme that I think most Lakers fans would say.

Said Perkins: "I don't know. They were still the NBA champs, so they had to be tough in some kind of way to win."

--Mark Medina

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I think overall the comments or lack thereof by players of both teams reveals an amazingly tight control over the message that the players are putting out.

If this and Bynum saying his knee hurts is all that happens, that's amazing discipline or at least recognition of the realities of the pre playoff hype machine that is going on.

Re Bynum's statements on his knee- I don't think it's an excuse, I don't think it's a ploy, I think he has been asked the question and he is trying to answer it. As to what the real meaning behind his statements? I hear it as 'I've decided I'm going to do whatever I have to do to my knee to win the title, and Boston can't stop me.'

It's a good attitude to helping your team win the title, I guess. Either way, it is a natural response to a tendency that I have seen here often enough, that if you actually take care of your body in the interest of long term health, pro sports fans will attack you relentlessly as being weak or selfish. I submit the post concussion life span of the nfl player, the health of Mohammed Ali and the career of Ken Griffey Jr as evidence of why that might be a bad idea, but I guess ultimately you have to make your own decisions.

Listening to Kendrick Perkins about being physical is like having an encounter with Judas Iscariot, "I don't know and it is not me". then gives you that thirty "pieces of silver" stare, murmuring as he sits down.

I hope Kloe Kardashian- Odom will not have some cravings during this delicate period of pregnancy and think of the face of Kendrick Perkins. For sure, Perkins will hurt Odom relentlessly. They don't call it foul, just fair and being physical. lol!

Kendrick Perkins looks like a devil..scary

All I can say is that Kendrick Perkins is a poster child for what has to be the ugliest team in the NBA.

FAR SIDE,

"Kendrick Perkins looks like a devil..scary"

The Celtics all seethe of evil.

They're a bunch of mean-spirited, wild, thugish bullies who need to be put down.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Kendrick Perkins looks like a devil..scary

Posted by: FAR SIDE | June 02, 2010 at 04:26 PM

Disagree...I think he looks like a turtle, don't know why.

Far Side,

He doesn't only look like one but acts like one as well. Those hard fouls on james, dwight call it just physical is a travesty to fair sport. Children are taught at an early age of this riddle: "It's not whether you win or lose... but how you played the Game". I wonder if Perkins ever practiced this code of sportsmanship.

Well, we have been accustomed to this kind of thinking of fair play by Boston fans.... They refer to his uncanny tricks as, he is their man and proud of it!

So I actually read B Simmon's article on the Finals, not sure why, I was bored and I thought i would read it until I got to a blindingly stupid point, and I made it most of the way so I figured I could tough it out. It was almost a valid article, at least in the sense 'I feel a real human could think this' and not 'this is written by a guy trying to fulfill his own reputation as a Boston based basketball writer but really not into it today, but he's seen a few movies recently' sort of vibe he has had for the last few years.

It's not in my top 50 or 100 reasons to want the Lakers to win, but I think if he had to live through a few more years of reality it would be good for him as a writer and a person, or at least he would give up and go away and we wouldn't have to feel vaguely insulted by the idea that he was getting paid to write anything without actually having to think about.

Maybe i'm tired again and i'm being too magnanimous to my opponents, I don't know.

How many hours left?

'having to think about it'

right.

25h 10mins and counting...
GO LAKERS!!!!

I've ALWAYS Called Him KENDRICK "TURTLEHEAD"...

The 80's C's weren't much to look at either. And they beat the Lakers. Well . . . once.

Tim Legler just picked Celtics in 6. Strangely i feel good, just watch the last power ranking video on ESPN and hear how he gushes about Lebron and the Cavs and how complete they are, he also said the Mavs would challenge us, so it seems he is a legitimate Laker Hater, He also picked the Suns. Legs failed to take one thing in consideration, REVENGE. Lakers want to win not for rings but for RESPECT. As a man when your manhood is challenged you do one of two things, FIGHT or FLIGHT so what do you think it will be? I have no doubt that the hate will make us focus like a laser, We will steamroll the C's a lot easier than anyone thinks right now, We will all see the beginning of a Dynasty and the end of another.

Lakers need to use Mbenga against thug Perkins, Wallace or Davis for a few minutes for a dose of their own medicine. No need for unnecessary fouls though. Garnett abused Dwight Howard who was too nice to retaliate against the Celtics bag of dirty tricks. Reason they did not make the finals! Go Lakers take dirty Celtisix in Six!!

Geesh, Between Perkins, Mongo, KG, Sheed and Nate.. the Smeldicks pretty much have the UGLIEST team in the NBA.. I vote to change their name to the Boston Missing Links !!!

I want to be know as the uglist player in the NBA.

phred,

I agree with you as to Drew talking about his knee. I'm kind of surprised at all the comments to the effect that he should quit complaining about his knee. I don't see him complaining at all, I see him answering questions from the press. Now you can argue that he's being too honest, but I don't think you can say he's making excuses. Me personally, I find his candor a nice change from the usual pat answers athletes are prone to give.

Any team with me is by default the ugliest team in the NBA.

Hey !!!!!! Wait a Sec !!! I'm the UGLIEST GNOME in the WORLD !!! I thought I cemented the Celtics as the ugliest looking team for LIFE????

Here are my comments to the NBA at, http://www.nba.com/email_us/contact_us.html. I have been a fan since 1960. Please be aware that in my opinion the league is poised for a class action suit if you continue to make rules and not enforce them at all , then not enforce the equally. PLEASE , PLEASE SAVE THE LEAGUE. How can you ignore the recent official corruption record and go on with business as usual. For years the NBA has lost many fans because the officiating make the games look totally FIXED. It gets worst every year. The Officials pick the winners in every game in the first two quarters with their choice of who they decide to call fouls on, thus we are not entertained. The Celtic and Garnett thing really pisses me off. If you look at the video, he throws TWO punches right in front of the referee. And all he got was an offensive foul! When you apply the rules so haphazardly and unfairly, you diminish the entire NBA product BRAND. I think all fans agree - we just want the games to be called fairly, equally. If they're going to let them play rough, then both sides need to be allowed to elbow and hack away. Can't let one side get away with everything and call touch fouls on the other team.

Kevin Garnett is a dirty player. The video of him punching Howard in the arms, TWICE, during game 6th last week is unbelievable! How could the officials miss that call? Offensive foul, It’s a terrible call and the NBA should review the tape and take appropriate actions otherwise the NBA would be viewed as bias. He should be suspense of his action.
The league must clean up its act

Much respect to Kobe for having "the eye of the tiger"...too bad the only other people with the eye of the tiger still playing wear green.

Lakers...9-2 vs. Celtics in the Finals. Lakers (including time in Minneapolis) have only won HALF the NBA Finals they have appeared in! Russell should be the logo, not West.

Ugly? Talking about the looks of a team? That is stupid.

LA Times running an article that said, "Paul Pierce's idea of a fun night out is getting stabbed." Classy. We HATE you Los Angeles.

We've taken out Disney World, now it's time for Disney Land.

Who plays for rings? Boston plays for rings.

How many would pay good money to see Fish give a little Scola-welcome to Perkins in the first game?

I LOVE How sorry Boston fans have no recourse but to point to that sad run waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in yesteryear when TV's had no COLOR !!!!! lmaoooooooooo that sad truth is.. THATS ALL YOU GOT !!! Heck, most of us werent even around then !!!! Since my life began,it was Magic-Bird and there was only dirty play from Boston.. no domination?? Then.. you guys went away for OVER 2 DECADES !!!!!!!! lmaooooooooooooooooo funny how Boston fans forget about not even being RELEVANT until 2008 ?? I mean.. lets not play revisionist history.. from the late 80's up until 2008 you guys had NOTHING !!!! ZILCH !!! For all your so called glory.. you guys havent even had a frickin 3peat since TV's were broadcast in color !!!!! lmaoooooooooooooo really? so miss me with all that... We're sooooooooooooooooooo good BS.. you guys were MIA for so long.. to brag now makes you look like.. well.. lets be honest.. makes you look like Boston fans...

Lakers...9-2 vs. Celtics in the Finals. Lakers (including time in Minneapolis) have only won HALF the NBA Finals they have appeared in! Russell should be the logo, not West.

Posted by: .500 NBA Finals Win Percentage | June 02, 2010 at 08:05 PM
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Seriously, are you f-ing for real? I mean, your team was NOT even relevant 4 years ago. And here you are insinuating that the Lakers being relevant in the Finals 32 times is a bad thing. The Lakers are in the playoffs almost every year ever since the start of NBA. As a fan, that's an entertainment value and satisfaction. I don't think you can say the same for your team, or maybe you just became a Celtic fan 3 yrs ago. F-ing dum@ss!

Love the CAPS!!! All talk like 08. Let's see what you have to say after game 5.

I hear yah perks! Just tell ur team to cut the grabbing,holding and pushing, coz thats not being physical,that's cheating. And this time around Im gonna make sure its gonna be whistled for. You're not going to rob away another title from the Lakers. Nope, not anymore...

OK, you are right... let's just all talk about how attractive or ugly a team is. That's good sports talk.
You can't argue with history, so you want to ignore it - that's fine.
Take away all the history you want.
Take away the bad history: Len Bias, Reggie Lewis, Rick Pitino, San Antonio's tankjob to get Duncan, all the things that led us to totally sucking for a solid chunk of years in the 90's and 00's - take it all away.
Take away the glory: Our legends, our champions, our 6, 17, 18, 33, etc., Red - the 16 titles. But you can't take away our 17th title - not in this particular conversation, right? We beat your @ss. That's current.
By all accounts you should beat us in 2010. If you don't? Well, that would be par for the course for the Lakers vs. Celtics.
Good luck - pressure is all on you.
Love,
Washed Up, Geriatric, UGLY, Eastern Conference #4 Seed
p.s. Magic would be ashamed of you ignorant fans

Can't wait to see Perkins (and Rasheed and KG and Baby) slap the soft little Lakers around. Gasol and Bynum aren't exactly lookers either. Celts in 6.

since we're talking about looks... who do we vote for the most good-looking players? (i'm a girl, ok) off the top of my head i'd go with - in no particular order:

grant hill
jj redick
kobe bryant
michael jordan
john stockton
pau gasol
allan houston

The Celtics are one ugly bunch! That's why those guys could never play for the Lakers! Us Laker fans want to see good-looking guys representing Hollywood, not a bunch of blue-collar thugs that need to work in manual labor just to make a living. Can you imagine hanging out in Manhattan Beach in your speedo with any of the Celtics?! So gross! Lamar in a speedo, now we're talking! Lakers are the kind of guys you'd want to play beach volleyball with and maybe a midnight skinny dip, not like the Celtics who are more like the guys that clean your toilet and install your gazebo.

First to say, screw Kendrick Perkins. I hope Bynum schools him.

OK, you are right... let's just all talk about how attractive or ugly a team is. That's good sports talk.
You can't argue with history, so you want to ignore it - that's fine.
Take away all the history you want.
Take away the bad history: Len Bias, Reggie Lewis, Rick Pitino, San Antonio's tankjob to get Duncan, all the things that led us to totally sucking for a solid chunk of years in the 90's and 00's - take it all away.
Take away the glory: Our legends, our champions, our 6, 17, 18, 33, etc., Red - the 16 titles. But you can't take away our 17th title - not in this particular conversation, right? We beat your @ss. That's current.
By all accounts you should beat us in 2010. If you don't? Well, that would be par for the course for the Lakers vs. Celtics.
Good luck - pressure is all on you.
Love,
Washed Up, Geriatric, UGLY, Eastern Conference #4 Seed
p.s. Magic would be ashamed of you ignorant fans

Posted by: .500 NBA Finals Win Percentage | June 02, 2010 at 09:42 PM
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I'm really sick and tired of people like you who come here, to the LA Times, for the sole purpose of acting like an $%#. Absolutely no basketball analysis; just babble for no reason. So typical of Boston fans. &(* you, and go away.

OK Steve. You are right. We'll go away. Sorry for making you sick and tired. Boston fans - we're all stupid. Thanks for showing me the light. Talking about how ugly a team is is LA Times reader's style, and we should respect that. Enjoy your "basketball analysis" with your fellow Lakers fans.
But before I go, I got give a shout out to Chris Mollno - that is one of the funniest posts I've ever seen.
Goodbye, sincerely,
Washed Up, Geriatric, UGLY, Eastern Conference #4 Seed

If you are going to talk trash about the Boston Celtics having nothing from the late 80's until 2008, then let's at least admit why. Three big reasons: Len Bias' death, Reggie Lewis' death, and missing out on Tim Duncan. A franchise can only survive so much bad karma and tragedy.

We should also point out that Minneapolis has 5 banners, and LA has 10. Stop saying you have 15, that is B f'n S!!!

All this talk about a team's looks? That must mean that all you Laker's men "love" the looks of the Laker's players. Come on! This is a lame blog.

Sam don't call me ET Cassell, is on the money.If Boston is allowed to foul with impunity and the Lakers are called for touch fouls Bsoton will win the series. The Lakers in general and Kobe in particular get the least amount of love from NBA officials than any team or player in the league.If Kobe complains about a no call he gets slapped with a technical while other players are allowed to actually scream in the refs face with no penalty. All we ask is that he game is called the same way at both ends of the floor.If we getthat the Lakers will win.


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