Kendrick Perkins rips LeBron James for celebrating Blake Griffin’s dunk
Patience, Kendrick Perkins. The thunderous dunk Blake Griffin threw down on you last week will become old news soon enough. It was impressive, but there will be plenty more behind it throughout the rest of the regular season. But while it’s fresh, people are still going to ask you about it. During an interview with Yahoo! Sports, Perkins admitted the dunk was a “nice finish,” but talked about how he took exception to LeBron James’ tweet after it happened. Here is what the tweet read:
“Dunk of the Year! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!!! Wow! I guess I’m No. 2 now. Move over #6.”
Naturally, James was throwing in a plug for himself by referencing his dunk where he jumped over John Lucas. The tweet really got under Perkins’ skin.
“You don’t see Kobe (Bryant) tweeting,” Perkins said. “You don’t see Michael Jordan tweeting. If you’re an elite player, plays like that don’t excite you. At the end of the day, the guys who are playing for the right reasons who are trying to win championships are not worrying about one play.
“They also are not tweeting about themselves talking about going down to No. 2. I just feel (James) is always looking for attention and he wants the world to like him.”
Perk has a point. LeBron’s tweet would be better left to people like us — fans of the game. You could argue that he was just trying to give Griffin credit and was being modest, but these are the reasons players around the league don’t get along with James. He may have been praising Griffin, but there’s no need to show up another player in the process.