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Kendrick Perkins calls Pau Gasol 'soft' and Phil Jackson 'arrogant'

Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins has maintained some ill will toward his former team, the Boston Celtics, and his feelings toward the Lakers haven't simmered either.

Saying he considers the Lakers "yesterday's news," Perkins didn't bite his tongue one bit in a recent interview with ESPN the Magazine.

"I don’t like Pau Gasol or Phil Jackson," Perkins said. "Phil is arrogant. Pau is soft. Kobe tries to bring out his toughness, but he’s still soft.”

The substance of his arguments aren't much considering Perkins' characterization uses long-held stereotypes attached to Gasol and Jackson, qualities that have arguably been prevalent but usually overblown. But it should be interesting how the Thunder's dynamic changes, particularly when matched up with the Lakers.

Oklahoma City gave the Lakers a competitive first-round series last year, but the Thunder has maintained a respectful and admiring attitude toward the defending champions, with Kevin Durant saying in the same interview, "They're the defending champs and they play like it."

I'm curious how much Perkins' disdain for the defending champs rubs off on his teammates. 

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Dude...Perks running his YAP, sound like some MOTIVATION. Writing checks his @ZZ can't CASH. I'm behind this BEATDOWN, Go HEAT...I mean GO LAKERS.

Uhh...Kendrick WHO??? *scraping dog poo off the shoe*

This is bulletin board material. Thanks, Perk!


@TOM DANIELS... Thanks for the kind words, Tom. I think there were many more Bynum Boosters than Bashers all along. And I would bet now that almost every doubter or critic is just as happy as we are at how well Drew has been playing. His elevated play speaks worlds about our chances not only this year but for the rest of Kobe’s playing years. Like everyone, I just pray that he can stay healthy and not get injured again by some freak play. If so, the Lakers are set.
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@PSYCHED LAKER GIRL... Thanks for the support, Shannon. I don’t think most Lakers fans realize how unique it is for a player with Drew’s offensive game to make the sacrifice to focus on defense and rebounding the way he has. After all, we’re talking about a guy who once scored 42 points in a game. This is no stiff without an offensive game. This is an extremely talented and young offensive star sublimating his offense to concentrate on what his team needs, which is rebounding and defense. While we’ve seen a couple of veterans make a similar transition, I just cannot remember any other talented young player make such a change. It’s a huge tribute both to Drew’s character and Phil’s powers of persuasion. If Drew can stay healthy, he could be DPOY next year and for sure earn a spot as the starting center in the All-Star game.
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@LROB.... Great idea for Silver Screen and Roll to put together a similar set of stats for Ron Artest and for the Lakers when both of them are on the floor together, though I suspect the big difference in stats when Drew is in the game is the result of teams not being able to score in the paint. One great defensive stat that I remember but cannot locate involved tabulating the PER for players when they were guarded by a specific player. I thought it was the best use of PER that I had ever seen. For example, you could measure Dwight’s normal PER vs. when guarded by Drew or KD’s normal PER vs. when he was guarded by Ron. If anybody out there can find where to get these stats, please let me know. It was a perfect measure of the impact a defender had who he guarded.
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@TRIANGULATOR... I second your request for MM to try and get word to Stu about Rick’s passing. It would be great for Stu to let the world know what a great fan Rick was and how MM has proclaimed the RCOD to from now on to be known as the Rick Friedman Award. I think it would be a classy move that would honor Rick and perhaps lead more fans to join the blog.
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@JAMF.... Justa, glad you’re feeling better. I am not sure if I can make the chat on Friday as I have basketball practice. My grandson’s CYO basketball team – the Mt. Carmel Lakers - won two thrillingly close games last weekend to earn a spot in the league Final Four for 5th grade boys and I am trying to get the kids ready to win it all. Are we talking about the regular chat or rc? Let me know because I do plan to start participating. Looking forward to getting to know everyone better.
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@NORCAL... Kareem, Wilt, and Russell may never be surpassed as the greatest centers in the world. Drew is an anomaly for several reasons. First, unlike the above three, he was not a prodigy as a high school player or even in his first few years as a pro, which is a valid reason why many Lakers fans doubted that he could become the next great Lakers center. Second, he is perhaps the last of dying breed of true low post back-to-the-basket centers. Today, every player regardless of size wants to be a run-and-gun perimeter player like Kobe or LeBron so we may not see many top flight centers coming down the pike in the future, which makes Drew even more valuable. It is not beyond comprehension that Drew might become the Last Great Lakers Center as well as the Next.
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@PURPLE & GOLD REIGN... “Have we really forgotten that when KAJ personally tutored Bynum, Kareem declared that Andrew could become "The Next Great Lakers Center?" Just a great post, P&GR and I remember you always supporting Drew. As I said earlier, from the time Drew went back to Shaq, there have always been a large segment of the Lakers fan base that “knew” Drew had greatness within him. I think some lost that belief due to the multiple injuries but are now returning to the fold. We all still are holding our breath every time Drew has a collision but just as he is slowly and surely trusting his body, we are slowly but surely seeing visions of greatness.
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@FRMKT... Good post. You’re right that health is all that can hold Drew back right now. And if he plays like this in the NBA Finals, he just might “rob” Kobe of Finals MVP. The best result for me would be to see Drew and Kobe both play sensationally as we beat the Celtics for #17 and share the Finals MVP award. That would be the best of both worlds for Lakers fans and the franchise. It would also put an end to any fantasizing about trading Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard. :-)
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TOM

This is what one learns from the "leader" that is Kevin Garnett eh? ;-).

All the spotlight on the Kid and his stellar play as of late...I am ecstatic that my faith in Andrew is paying dividens...

But lost in all this, is the excellent play of Ron Ron...He should get a lot of the credit also with our renewed stellar defense...His hustle, constant harassment and steals, makes it easier for AB to be the last stopper in the paint...

I could list Ron's recent numbers to support this post, but I have to run, and wont be able to post till latter in the day...Ron's offense has also gotten better...As much as we can't do it without AB...the same goes with Ron Ron...IMO...

Perk - we can't wait to see you on 4/10. And bring on the Thunder during the playoffs - whatever round. Perk is pissed he was traded, sour grapes. I am very confident Perk will be eating a lot of crow in OKC.

And I highly doubt Durant would stoop to Perk's level and be anything less than the classy guy he has shown himself to be.

Cheers to you Rick F - PLG

Kendrick Perkins is a clown. He is a buffoon.

His ire is sadly misguided. Perkins' bitterness and ill-will should actually be directed towards Danny Ainge and his former team, who gave lip-service to his value, then traded him away when the opportunity presented itself.

The most amusing sideline to this story is when Phil Jackson wryly observed that Doc Rivers' claim that his team's starting five has "never lost a playoff series" will unfortunately never be disproved now. Such a pity.

P & G R

Someone took Kendrick Perkins candy as a child...

and he's been scowling ever since.

Soft?

Hey, loser, why don't you put down the crutches and come over here and call Pau soft.

Perkins? This guy is a NON factor. Everyone will see it now that he's the lone BIG(errr fat) guy in OKC.

Perkins makes me laugh. His "harsh" words tickle my rib cage, much like when my 3 year old nephew tries to wrestle with me.

Keep up that tough exterior Perk. It'll help us forget you cried when you were traded from your soft bubble of buddy-buds. Oh, wait, no it won't.

Hahahahahahahaha.

And why is everyone getting their panties in a bunch? Phil Jackson, is arrogant and Gasol, is soft. Perkins said arrogant and soft, he didn't say Phil was a bad coach and Gasol has no game. Sounds to me, like he respects Kobe tho.

I don't see how sophomoric (and unoriginal) name calling is representative of the supposed "Veteran Leadership" Perk was supposed to be bringing to the Thunder.

Then again, there were those of us who heard the 'leadership' line come out of the OKC head office in regards to the trade and wondering what the hell they were smoking.

Nothing like some heated "words" to spice up a playoff series. Pau and the Lakers will be there. The question for Perk is will OKC?


@Norcal - Thanks for the post on Kareem. He's my GOAT!

Put a few horns on Perkins head and he would be the spitting image of satan himself. Of course that would be giving him too much credit. His overated toughness is the only real quality he has, since he is lacking both size and skill to be a great center. A scowl and a bad attitude will only take you so far. I do think this will help Gasol, however. Like he did against Howard in the NBA finals, he has proven he can be a defensive stopper and provide toughness when called out. Though he doesn't always show it, Gasol has much more to his game then skill and finesse.

Pau is not soft, but Perkins might chip away at the Thunder's fear of the Lakers,
and psych them up, that would help their chances. They shouldn't beat the Lakers but they are a good young team. We will see. Talk is cheap.

Someone did not read all the way through, what he is quoted as saying is Kobe acts tough but is still soft, how is that showing respect?

Here what three smooth bros from Manchester said of Perk's little rant....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBw25CrUS-o

Someone did not read all the way through, what he is quoted as saying is Kobe acts tough but is still soft, how is that showing respect?

Posted by: parker | March 16, 2011 at 02:08 PM
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" Pau is soft. Kobe tries to bring out his toughness, but he’s still soft.”
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Perkins is talking about Kobe trying to bring out Gasol's toughness, but Gasol is still soft.

Kendrick Perkins is not the answer for OKC. He'll not only clog the middle on defense, he'll clog it on offense as well. Remember, for the most part, he wasn't on the floor at the end of games for Boston because of his offensive limitations. His biggest talent is looking mean.

Norcal

Quite the bio on Kareem, Bynum really hasn't accomplished anything but he's an important piece of the current Laker puzzle.
This would be the first time in 4 years that Bynum is going into the playoffs healthy.
(knocking on wood)

Hurt fingers, knee and ankle. Kobe ain't trying to bring out his own toughness, Kobe is toughness. Perk and the rest of the NBA know this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s53fZdlXw38&feature=related

Though he doesn't always show it, Gasol has much more to his game then skill and finesse.

Posted by: Oregonian | March 16, 2011 at 02:06 PM

So true!

I think this is why players tend to not speak out much in interviews. They'll ask Player A about Player B then the media will turn the response into a big battle between the two. If you ask someone like Phil Jackson about any player or coach in the league, I'm sure he'll be candid and have something negative to say about them but it doesn't mean he's thinking about that person 24/7 or that he has a real beef with them. It's just that it's so rare that an athlete/coach doesn't give a general P.C. answer that it's blown up into being more than it is. They're enemies, they're on different teams, they're not supposed to like each other.

Gasol? Soft?

19-9-3-2 career numbers?

I'll take it!

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/g/gasolpa01.html

DBDH!

Dude...Perkins...You're an animal on the boards and you're built like a brick house...I get it.

However...Let's count Rings, shall we? Coach Jackson: 12, Kobe: 5, Fisher: 5, Pau: 2...Perkins: 0 (Cero, None, Zilch, Squat, etc.) Unless you are going to say something intelligent, don't say nothing! Whenever you get more Rings than you have fingers THEN (AND ONLY THEN!)can you talk trash! Not before!

**CORRECTION**

Phil Jackson: 13 BLOODY RINGS THAT HE WORKED HIS *** OFF FOR!!!

"Dude...Perkins...You're an animal on the boards and you're built like a brick house...I get it.

However...Let's count Rings, shall we? Coach Jackson: 12, Kobe: 5, Fisher: 5, Pau: 2...Perkins: 0 (Cero, None, Zilch, Squat, etc.) Unless you are going to say something intelligent, don't say nothing! Whenever you get more Rings than you have fingers THEN (AND ONLY THEN!)can you talk trash! Not before!

Posted by: Floyd From The Desert | March 16, 2011 at 02:37 PM "

To be fair, Perkins does have a ring.

I think Perkins bought into Doc Rivers' BS logic that "The Lakers never beat our starting 5". When it became apparent that KP over-valued his services, Boston wasted no time in trading him. Apparently, they felt they could live without his career averages of 6.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. KP needs to check his ego. He's a mediocre ballplayer at best, a good interior defender, true, but not much else.

@ Floyd,

Indeed, many haters forget that PJ actually has 2 rings from his playing days with the Knicks. He goes into detail about those first rings in "Sacred Hoops" & "More Than A Game", and is even further discussed by Roland Lazenby in "Mindgames". All are requisite reading for any basketball fan, not just Lakers or Bulls fans.

DBDH!

Now I can truly say that the face of a person is a reflection of his true character. Look how ugly Perkins is... enough said.

"I don’t like Pau Gasol or Phil Jackson," Perkins said. "Phil is arrogant. Pau is soft. Kobe tries to bring out his toughness, but he’s still soft.”

Too funny. So what if Pau is soft, Phil is arrogant and Kobe tries to be tough even though he was raised in Europe and the suburbs of Phil. They're still the reigning back-back champions working on their 3rd. Boston didn't think you were "tough" enough to earn a big pay day and you found a team desperate enough to "float" you for a few years. Shut your trap while there might still be time. Wishful thinking though because Kobe already saved that "clipping" to motivate his team.

It's all about the Rings and not the ring that you have. You have a long way to go before you'll be able to catch up to any of them because Pau will have 3, Kobe 6 and Phil will have 12. Poor guy: in the end, you'll only have 1 because you took game 6 when Bynum was out! LOL!!

I wonder if your new teammates appreciate the additional fuel that you've added to the Lakers' already roaring fire. If you get to play them in the post-season, your team will get swept!! Silly move youngster - you're not in Boston anymore. This is the Wild, Wild Western Conference.

"Everything about the Lakers is geared toward winning playoff games. It's what they do." J.A. Adande


"Even when we didn’t make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss


Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!

Is Kevin Durant soft? Just curious.

"Perkins is talking about Kobe trying to bring out Gasol's toughness, but Gasol is still soft.


Posted by: Magia32 | March 16, 2011 at 02:15 PM
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Thanks. This interpretation makes much more sense. 'Kobe not tough' rant would mean the speaker is an idiot and even KG and rest of the Celtic thugs would certainly never say Kobe is not tough. Dis him in other ways maybe........... but always at their own risk. LOL MAMBA is always waiting for extra motivation from morons.

Was Kareem soft? Just curious?

A "mean" looking guy like Perkins with a "mean" personality as well.

I hate Kendrick Perkins, but that doesn't stop me from seeing that: (i) he is dead right in his assessment of Phil and Pau; and (ii) he is a huge addition to an already very good OKC team.

Nobody on this board can truly argue with the idea that Phil is arrogant, right? I'm not saying that this is bad, and with 11 rings as a coach he has earned the right to be arrogant (just like Kobe has earned the right).

As for Gasol being soft, I cannot believe this is still up for debate. Pau is incredibly soft--but that doesn't mean "bad" or "ineffective." Pau is a very effective player, but he is most certainly a finesse player. Soft = finesse = skilled. Perkins, by comparison, is extremely tough. Tough = strong = unskilled.

With Perkins (probably the league's best one on one post defender not named Howard) solidifying the middle, and Ibaka freed up to roam the way Garnett used to for Boston, I think the Thunder are going to be an extremely difficult out. I have no idea why the Celtics made this move, as it almost certainly means they will not be repeating as champions.

I heard Perkins cried when he was traded to OKC. I don't expect Gasol would cry if he is traded to the other team. In my opinion, Gasol is much tougher than Perkins.

As Mark Jackson said during last year's championship series:"I would take mental toughness over physical strength any day."

i love this fuel - from the perfect source!...it's all we need. clearly this over-rated fool, who thinks he's tough because he's got a permanent frown on his forehead, has not learned that some things should be left unsaid, as it might just motivate the other. i bet this fool has a TON of regrets right about now...

I have no idea why the Celtics made this move, as it almost certainly means they will not be repeating as champions.

Posted by: God | March 16, 2011 at 02:59 PM

They made the move because they felt that Perkins was not worth the contract he was looking for when he bcomes a free agent. OKC felt otherwise and gave Kendrick the money he was seeking.

The only thing that Perkins has ever done worth remembering is given Doc Rivers an empty excuse to whine about how the Lakers never beaten his then-starting five of Boston Celtics. Doc says these things to save face during failures, but somehow Perkins actually have believed in his big pile of some very smelly stuff.

Last time I checked, the guy he calls soft, changed the way teams planned to become elite in both conference when he came to LA from Memphis (Thank you Chris!). Does he even realize that the only reason he even came to OKC was that Pau closed them out last year? Does he even know that they sent Jeff and Nenad over for him hoping to have a slimmer of a chance of beating Lakers if OKC meets us in the playoffs again?

Pau has forgotten more basketball knowledge than this buffoon ever knew. Get ready to get school again in playoffs just like last year finals.

-Bittu

Heard this comment from ESPN radio "Since he jumped from HS to NBA, he lacks education" and I agreed whoheartedly. Anyway, thanks Perkins for the precious motivation, Perk will get lots of credits after the Lakers 3-peat. I guess Perkins' head swelled after he heard his former coach declared "The Celtics would have won, had Perkins played". Since he was so important to the Celtics (the coach said so, didn't he?), he and his agent asked for 42 mils for 4 years, only to face the cruel reality when the Celtics ony offered 22 for 4 yrs. Now Perkins knows his real worth to the Celtics, and he also finds out what Rivers nick name (DOC) really meant: it was for very good at "Doctoring" excuses.

Thanks, Perkins.

We appreciate the motivation.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

bronxlakerfan, that would explain not re-signing him after the season. It does not explain why the Celtics would throw away their chance at a title. With Perkins, that team has a very legitimate shot; without him they are toast. I understand not re-signing him, but I don't understand trading him away during their final season with that group of guys.

god...

I think the Celtics still feel they are very much in the mix for the title. Apparently, the Celtics chose to act when they felt they could get the most for KP. They added an offensive center in Kristic and a fine young player in Jeff Green. They think that if the O'Neals (Shaq and Jermaine) are healthy for the playoffs, they can approximate what Perkins brought to the table and possibly exceed it.

Perkins you celtic reject,they appreciate his toughness and skill so much that they traded him.
If it wasn't for Bynum injury in the finals we wouldn't be hearing from him.I remeber game 3 Bynum droping 20 plus points on him and thats on one leg.All in all thanks for the bulletin board material. Should be a nice beat down for OKC.

Go Lakers!

Hey Perkins: "I'm rubber, you're glue, what ever you say bounces off me and sticks on you. And from the size of you, I'm guessing you've been talking a lot."

That's Gold Perks, Gold. LOL. I was rolling after reading this.

Sorta like YOU on the court FLOOR in GAME 6 of the Finals.

DOOM on You.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6__o39_iGxM

Perks, they should call you fat shreck......

"god...

I think the Celtics still feel they are very much in the mix for the title. Apparently, the Celtics chose to act when they felt they could get the most for KP. They added an offensive center in Kristic and a fine young player in Jeff Green. They think that if the O'Neals (Shaq and Jermaine) are healthy for the playoffs, they can approximate what Perkins brought to the table and possibly exceed it.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | March 16, 2011 at 03:51 PM "

This is what I think too. Perkins wasn't going to be their future since he wasn't interested in what they could pay him so they cut ties with him and got a serviceable center in return and a younger player in Jeff Green that they may be hoping can be their James Posey this year.

I think the Celtics also had a lot of doubt about Perkins' health and so far those concerns seem valid. He hasn't been the same player this year and he had fresh injuries when they traded him. I think it also says that Shaq was going to be their starting center in the playoffs this year even if Perkins was healthy. The Celtics aren't a young team that can count on being a contender forever. If they thought Perkins was going to be their guy that would get them to the championship, I think they would have held on to him even if they knew he'd walk for nothing at the end of the year.

Well, technically, the Celtics never beat the Lakers starting 5, either. Wasn't our starting center out for the season during the 08 Finals?

*****REPOST (FROM NEXT POST*****

Kendrick "Turtlehead" Perkins will crawl back into his shell once Kobe & Co. Makes Turtle Soup outta him & his Thunder From Down Under...

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

Posted by: The Triangulator | March 16, 2011 at 04:05 PM

Norcal

Quite the bio on Kareem, Bynum really hasn't accomplished anything but he's an important piece of the current Laker puzzle.
This would be the first time in 4 years that Bynum is going into the playoffs healthy.
(knocking on wood)

Posted by: Troll Man | March 16, 2011 at 02:19 PM

Dude...Troll Man another spot on post, when Drew gets to the PLAYOFFS let's see his MVP performance. And did I miss something...did Laker Tom bring Drew to the Lakers? I'm seeing these comments congratulating him, and he's accepting then like he's Drew's dad. What's the story behind this.

Dude...Try being traded to the Clippers, You'll Cry.

I heard Perkins cried when he was traded to OKC. I don't expect Gasol would cry if he is traded to the other team. In my opinion, Gasol is much tougher than Perkins.

Posted by: LakerPeace | March 16, 2011 at 03:03 PM

I respect Perkin. He is a great worker. Perkin

Pau, soft? Soft, since the Americans understand YES. Gasol never be either Howard or Shaquille. Soft, understand in European, Not. He is a winner. When it has a difficulty it overcomes it. I wait that this Pau to 100% in the playoff. The Lakers do not need Pau's muscles. The lakers need of Gasol that it is a piece of the offensive triangle and that it defends.

Jakson, arrogant? Phil is the Zen teacher. The trainer with more I ring. The geniuses rarely are understood

Forgive my Englishman

OMG, God!

Where have you been? Granted I don't read the blog much anymore, but I haven't seen you post in a long time. I'm guessing the day job keeps you pretty busy?

I think the Perkins trade had a lot of people scratching their heads so don't feel too bad, clearly omniscience is not all that it's cracked up to be.

PS: thanks for the thing about the thing, I owe you

Listen people yall protest too much. The only players than make la tough is ron ron and especially the beast. Remeber after the massacre of 2008 and the following year the lakers faced houston. Kobe and ron ron got in an altercation. After the game ron ron said that kobe was mad that boston punked them the previous year. So gasoft is soft and if wasn't for ron and bynum the whole laker team would be soft.

Perkins is nothing else but overrated...

Kendrick Perkins is a moron. The Lakers will crush him no matter what team he's on. Show some freakin' class you clueless mental midget!

I MUST AGREE with Perkins statement. As I've stated in some of my post earlier in the season. The only way WE can win another Championship is if Bynum shows up to cover some of pau's softness. So far so good. Thanks Bynum.

Let's not forget in Pau's previous two games (One of which we lost to Miami) Pua Gasol our starting POWER-forward recorded FIVE rebounds in each of those games. That's disrespectful to the position.

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Heres my problem with all of this talk about KP...Why are we talking about KP? He was an average role player with the Celtics and that was with all of the other teams attention going to the Big 3. Oliver Miller could have shined on that team and in that situation. The other problem I have is that everyone keeps talking about how the Celts would have won game 7 if they had KP playing...and if my aunt had balls...or if lakers had a healthy Bynum they would have won game....oh wait...they did win with a Bynum at maybe 35%. I remember hoping KP would come back and play game 7 because Rashweed Wallace was more of an offensive threat. KP could be the worst offensive power forward in the league. He has no jump shot, no post game and really doesn't have a nose for the ball like other great rebounders. He's also not a great shot blocker or even a good one. It's hard to block shots bolted to the floor. He's a big bodied goon with very little skills and now a big mouth. Pau may be soft but KP watched game 7 from the bench?? Who's the softy? Just because you have a permanent mean look on your face doesn't mean your tough (see KG). Fact is Bynum will dominate Perkins in the playoffs and he will finally be exposed for what he is really is...average and over paid.

Hey Perkins: 2 rings to 1, baby. Face it: the Lakers beat the celtics fair and square last year. Get over it.

Perk is absolutely right. Gasol seems to believe the NBA should be about finesse and not hard, tough plays. He is in the wrong profession. If he does not want to be hit, he must go back to Spain and play in the EuroLeague. He is not the only one, though. Both Bynum and Odom are very lazy. They need to toughen up and forget about the velvet robes of LA. As for Phil Jackson, he is the epitome of arrogance. This man thinks he is a coach; well he is often more of a spectator than a coach to me.

Perkins, you don't have any accomplishments as a basketballer to even mention Phil or Pau's name. You have not earned the right to even talk trash, and from what I have seen of your limited skills, you never will amount to much as a player. Perhaps you can rely on your big mouth!

Pau is averaging 18.7 ppg. Perkins 6.9 ppg.
Pau rebounds: 10.2 Perkins: 7.9
Pau assists: 3.5 Perkins: 0.9
You can scowl and frown to hide your weaknesses and lack of talent, but putting down Gasol and Jackson will never fix your short-comings and lack of talent! "Soft"??? The only softness I detect is that empty space between you ears.

Whether Pau is soft or not, he is the most skilled big man in the game. And he has two rings. As for KP, he needs to shut up and play. I do think Boston believed something about his injury and that's why they traded him. I don't think it was entirely about money. We will see in the playoffs. KP is a big body and that's all. If Bynum is more mobile- as he has been since the break- he will kill Perkins. Bynum has an offensive game as well that cannot be ignored. Lakers are champions that don't need bulletin board material for motivation, but I think this will be added motivation for them. I can't wait to see the Lakers silence KP and everybody else. I bet you Durant hates he said it because he knows better. He knows what the Black Mamba will do in response! He and the Lakers do their talking on the court and not in the papers. That's what I like about Boston though I hate the Celts. When they talk about the Lakers, they respect them and the Lakers respect the Celts. Kendrick Perkins need to get somewhere, sit his behind down, make sure he has a knee to stand on in the playoffs, and shut up!

Pau's softness and Phil's arrogance have long been attached to their names. But to call Kobe "soft"? That's just plain moronic, Perk. Afterall, it was you who sat out 8 long months because you were "too soft" to tear your ACL last Finals. Oh, and didn't you cry like a baby when you found out you got traded by the Celts? You're not just soft. You're a WUSS!

Don't be a baby lakers enthusiasts. Perk called a spade a spade. Phil is coming of more as a pretentious entitled d-bag than a bball Jedi as he used to be with the bulls and wth the lakers in the late 90's n early part of the millenium. And gasol is soft. Perk may not pile on the points but he contributes a few quality points, grabs solid boards, and acts as a serious roadblock in the paint. His leadership and his menacing, business like, zealous candor on the court earns him respect. He works for every bit of it. He earns his cred through his no mercy defense. And he is the defensive glue for the thunder. His presence alone on the team does just that. With his leadership, ibaka will take his shooting, rebounding and impressive blocking skills to greater heights. Ibaka is a young player and will develop over time. If ibaka channels perks attitude on the court, it will not be pretty. His high flying athletiscism dunking and blocking shots will gel nicely with perks aggression and defensive muscle and create a formidable defensive duo that the lakers cannot deny. There is a threat. Being overconfident won't get the lakeshow anywhere unless they accept it and take them on as worthy opponents. It was a close 7 games last year against the thunder without the size and defense they needed. They have it now m it's a new year. Plus, it's nor just perk n ibaka they have to tangle with. The laker bigs also have nazr Mohammed backing perk, the same big who tangled succesfully against the lakers during their losses to the bobcats. He is a veteran leader for the second unit and all business on the court. Not too mention his counterpart Nick collison who has been playing well as if late. Collison takes charges and dishes them out too when needed. He can also contribute quality boards and shots. He is another veteran leader backing ibaka and mentoring the youngsters. Let's not count out former jayhawk and college paint patroller coke aldrich. With perk and Mohammeds leadership, the rookie can Learn to transfer that strong college game to the Nba and become a role playing big man. Plus, kd might be skinny but he does not lack size. There is an array of big men the lakers must deal with. Don't count perk and the tbunder big men out. They only help all stars kd and Westbrook to freely roam the paint along with all star in training harden and shar shooter Daquan cook. Throw in worth backup pg maynor and Kobe kryptonite defender sefolosha and you have a great matchup between two talented teams

The problem with gasol is he is a finesse shooter but lacks defensive presence.. When he squares off with talented bigs or players and he can't match up, he resorts to getting cheap charges or flopping. He lacks the power, agression, and tenacity a big needs to be truly respected. Tim Duncan has Been called soft but Duncan is more like a gentleman who Can still quietly step up n square off with other bigs. He had a silent toughness and gasol doesn't even have that. Not to mention he squacks like an ostrich when making tough shots and is quick to whine and move around like a llama throwing a temper tantrum when he doesn't get his flop called by the ref or actually fouls another player himself. Odom has size but is not exactly tough himself. Gasol looks to bynum to carry his b@lls for him. Bynum is a mediocre center on a good team. With out his other two towers to back him up, he'd be nothing more than a robin lopez or Joel pryzbilla type center, mediocre n nothing great. He lacks the atheletiscism, strength and toughness of guys like horford and Dwight. He lacks their ability as well. Nene has more promise than bynum in the way of becoming a legit center in the NBA. Perkins is a defensive virtuoso and leader as a center and bynum def lacks that too. He will never reach the status of great centers like chamberlain, Walton, Russell, Hakeem, shaq, or Dwight like deluded lakers fanatics claim. The lakers bigs have a good system and leadership n chemistry to their advantage. But when it cones to matching up with other good teams with size and talented big men, they aren't untouchable.

The lakers are a legendary team and are among the most talented in the leaugue but they are not untouchable this year. There are other teams with size out there who very well could overpower the lakers this season, especially with Kobe's knee in such bad condition. The loss to the cavs and their losing streak earlier showed their weakness. Let the games begin in late spring... Anything can happen.

My favorite part is that time when Pau softly gathered 18 rebounds in the unimportant Game 7 of the Finals while Garnett beasted and snarled his way to pulling down 3 rebounds, destroying the entire Laker front line and leading his team to almost victory and an almost championship while Perkins dominated from the bench. BEAST

Who cares what Perkins has say. Maybe he should keep that big trap of his shut until the playoffs and then we will see who is soft, I didn't see very much from him the other night. If it wasn't for Kevin Durant leading the team his big ass would not be playing.

Good Job Perkins WOOT!

Lakers Who? Lakers SUCK! Again; Lakers Who? Lakers SUCK!

Wait really? That must suck to have to sell Nick Collison, Nazr Mohammed and KP as your big men. Laker fans don't have to sell Pau, Bynum and Odom as every basketball pundit across the nation does it for us. Here s a little peak into the very near future...Ron Ron & Matt Barnes tag teaming and making life miserable for KD. Which leaves the Thunder with Westbrook driving into the forest because he has no jump shot. Uhhh good luck with that.

@ Joe .Nobody is selling the thunders big men. The statement made in this blog entry as well as by various lakers fans is that the thunder are no diff with Perkins or the added size. That this is still a walk in the park for the lakers. The days of succesfully tying up kd might be over. Ever heard of setting a screen? Or man to man D? Watch the last few thunder games and u will see the thunders improvements on defense and that in action. Also if kd were double teamed.. There is harden, who has been putting up doubles on ppg consistently, maynor, and cook. Westbrook does indeed have a jump shot. Check his stats per game or try actually watching a thunder game. He is just not the best perimeter shooter. But, there are other perimeter shooters besides durant. The lakers are not a young team. Tgere are plenty of young teams, especially the thunder, who have size that Can challenge them. The point is that the deluded notion that the lakers ate untouchable in the playoffs cannot hold up this time. The near future will be dissapointing for you Joe because u will most likely see Kobe having more problems with his knee and performing less and less, gasol having to step up n lead bit having difficulty because he lacks the power and agressiveness and younger teams with more agility stepping up and outperforming them, unless they get some young, star talent on the team. This is a new decade of NBA ball where other franchises have the talent and are stepping up so good luck accepting that.

"Phil is arrogant. Pau is soft. Kobe tries to bring out [Gasol's] toughness, but [Gasol's] still soft.” This might help for the many (including myself) that misread Perkin's grade school level sentence structure.

"Good Job Perkins WOOT!

Posted by: Ottawa Celtic | March 17, 2011 at 05:50 PM PST "
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3 hours later....

Houston 93 Boston 77

Bulls vs. Lakers Finals sounding VERY possible right about now.

Hahahahahahaha

Bballfanatic: Similarly to how the Bulls did it in the 90's with Jordan, so will the lakers. Kobe is still the best all around player in the league(D, passing, post play, offense, IQ, leadership, intensity, finisher etc...) yes the knee isn't 100% and yes he has a lot of games on his legs. Four straight trips to the finals will do that to you.(or 7 out of the last 11 years in the finals will too impressive huh?) The best part about being a Laker fan is listening and watching others talk and hope when the Lakers show no interest in Nov-January. Only to crush the spirit of others teams fans on their way to the finals. This season has that same feel only with the arguably the 2nd best big man in the league added to the roster. (without injury) Yes there are plenty of young teams with talent out there but (and if you truly are a bballfanatic you would know this) YOUNG TEAMS DON'T WIN PLAYOFF SERIES. Which is why the Celtics and the Lakers will be in the finals again.

To the baffoon that stated Perkins has no rings he must have been in prison during the 2008 Finals. I remember Perkins being on that team. As for the two Finals between the Lakers and the Celtics neither of them had a healthy team through the seven games so give both teams credit for the work both did in the years each won the championship.

Perkins was good and he was a tough post defender but in the playoffs you must get some offense from your five spot. Between S. O'Neal, J. O'Neal, and Kristic the Celtics can exceed the 6.4 ppg and the 6.1 rpg they were getting from Perkins. I don't know many teams that will pay $9 million per season for those numbers. For that kind of money you should be putting up "McDonald's" numbers. Getting Green and Kristic for Robinson and Perkins is a steal. Ainge should have been arrested!

Wait really? That must suck to have to sell Nick Collison, Nazr Mohammed and KP as your big men. Laker fans don't have to sell Pau, Bynum and Odom as every basketball pundit across the nation does it for us. Here s a little peak into the very near future...Ron Ron & Matt Barnes tag teaming and making life miserable for KD. Which leaves the Thunder with Westbrook driving into the forest because he has no jump shot. Uhhh good luck with that.

Posted by: Joe_M40

Are you serious Joe_M40? Laker fans do have to sell them because they are one gimpy knee away from losing to the Thunder. The Celtics did not have Perkins in Game 7 and it took 15 rebounds from Kobe to help win that game. Where was the so called tough guys Odom, Bynum, and Gasol? If the Lakers win it will be due to Kobe. Matt and Ron don't have enough medication to keep them sane during the toughness of the playoffs. There is a reason why the Thunder beefed up their front line-the Lakers can now see them in the rear view mirror, and they are getting Bigger and BIGGER!

Jackson has 11 rings and he is called a great coach. Let's see-he has coached Jordan/Pippen for 6 rings and Kobe/Shaq for 5. Not exactly barrel-bottom scraping when it comes to the talent pool.

Great players make a team because great players don't like losing. Coach can call a play but most great plays come from breakdowns and ad-libing on the fly. Doug Collins could have coached the Bulls to championships if he was given a chance. As a Celtics fan I feel the same way about Auerbach: Russell, Cousy, Sam Jones, Havlecik, Heinsohn, Sanders, Jo Jo White. These are clearly two coaches who could have(and may have on occasion)just rolled the balls out!

haha y'all trippin everyone that say shit bout perkins is weak, you ever met him?? hes a mean dude, aint takin no shit so i hope the lakers play the thunder again, for one perkins gonna make gassol his bitch, and the thunder gonna eliminate the lakers, they shoulda last year but hey, they one year better and more experienced now so peace lakers, But fo real, Celtics takin it home again , i dont care what anyone says bout size, cuz shaqs gonna be ready for the postseason, and simply, rondo just too much for defenses to handle, only team that might beat them is the bulls cuz they are beast, and obviously their coach is a former celtics assistant lol it all makes sense

lol @ yassir.. genuine Laker hater right there.. was waiting for the whole "if we only had Perkins".. now he's on the Thunder bandwagon' Perkins always looking mad.. like someone took his candy or something.. doesn't mean anything.. skills > toughness

perkins suks check his stats hes a c list player what does he avg 1.5 pnts a game and nuttin else........he garbage thats y they traded him........

Kendrick Perkin's ? Of all people to be cracking and bashing other people. Wait a minute now. What does the word Retarded mean ?....Mentally slow, challenged ?
Rest assure that KP cant even Spell Gasol or Jackson !
He needs to get his azz back in school and pay attention in the classroom. No, "I lubs bassetball" just dont quite cut it in the real world. So what, Perkins is a millionare who cant even balance his check book. If Gasol is so soft why is he mentioned among the leagues top big men. I dont recall Kendrick Jerkins even being mentioned. Jackson may be arrogant Mr. Jerkin's, but that sures beats being IGNORANT !!!!


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