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Richard Jefferson roasts Kendrick Perkins with hilarious line

Kendrick Perkins

Richard Jefferson is a man unafraid to throw some playful jabs or make jokes. In fact, many view him as one of the funniest NBA analysts out there. And on Friday night during the NBA All-Star Weekend celebrity game, he topped himself with a zinger aimed at Kendrick Perkins.

Asked about the last time he played in a game, Jefferson said it was the day he retired. When Perkins was asked the same question, Jefferson stepped in and answered for him. Hilarity ensued.

“First of all, I wouldn’t be playing (in these games),” Perkins said.

“Wait, so RJ says he hasn’t played since he retired. When was the last time you played?” Cassidy Hubbarth asked Perkins.

“About two years before he retired,” Jefferson quipped.

The trio immediately broke out into laugher with no one laughing harder than Perkins himself. And perhaps the element of truth is what made the exchange all the more amusing.

Perkins appeared in just 55 games over his final three seasons in the NBA, which was split due to a stop in the G League. He averaged just 2.5 points per game over that span. His minutes per contest were also down considerably, hovering around the 14.5 range.

It’s not the first time Jefferson and Perkins have had a memorable exchange, either. The duo made headlines when they laughed at the Los Angeles Lakers for their trade deadline failure, while several other playful haymakers have been exchanged in recent years.

Video: Ex-LeBron James teammates laugh at Lakers over trade deadline failure

Richard Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins laughing

It was painfully obvious that the Los Angeles Lakers needed to make a trade to upgrade their roster. With the team ultimately failing to do so before the deadline though, they are getting roasted from all angles right now.

Appearing on ESPN’s “NBA Today” trade deadline special Thursday, retired ex-NBA players Richard Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins got the news that the Lakers did not make a trade and were instead focusing on the buyout market. They responded by laughing hysterically and dapping each other.

On the other end of the table, you can see Ramona Shelburne, who reports on the Lakers and is known to be close with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, looking extremely annoyed at Jefferson and Perkins.

Both Jefferson and Perkins are former teammates of LeBron James, having played with James on the Cleveland Cavaliers. That probably makes their uproarious laughter at the Lakers sting even more.

The Lakers are 26-30 this year and appear to be beyond salvation. But many were expecting them to at least try to get better at the trade deadline. Since they did not however, it is open season for jokes at the Lakers’ expense.

Ex-James Harden teammate shares another rumor about Nets guard

James Harden on the court

One former teammate is adding some more spice to the James Harden rumor soup.

Ex-NBA big man Kendrick Perkins appeared this week on Showtime’s “All The Smoke” and had another rumor about the Brooklyn Nets star Harden.

“James Harden didn’t sign his contract extension,” said Perkins. “He didn’t sign it. He was supposed to sign it … Now James Harden’s camp was telling people in Philly, ‘We wanna come play with [Joel] Embiid next year.’ This ain’t no lie, this facts.”

Harden, who was acquired by the Nets in a trade last season, can actually become a free agent this offseason if he turns down his $47.3 million player option for 2022-23. A rumor from earlier this week already suggested that Harden may not be happy in Brooklyn for a few different reasons.

While Perkins, who works for ESPN, often says things for attention, he was teammates with Harden on the Oklahoma City Thunder for two seasons. Perkins also played with both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving at various points in their respective careers, so he is pretty well-connected when it comes to the Nets.

We know that Sixers GM Daryl Morey, who used to be Harden’s GM on the Houston Rockets, has been trying hard to trade for The Beard. But if Philly can wait out until Harden’s potential free agency this summer, they might not even have to give up anything to get him.

Photo: Feb 16, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) reacts against the Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jayson Tatum takes issue with ESPN analyst’s postgame comments

Jayson Tatum warming up

Jayson Tatum did not appreciate the postgame analysis ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins shared on Twitter Saturday after the Boston Celtics’ 99-75 win over the New York Knicks.

Perkins lauded Jaylen Brown for taking over the game with a triple-double. Perkins also was critical of Tatum and suggested the Celtics won thanks to Brown and despite Tatum.

Tatum saw Perkins’ tweet and did not hide his annoyance with it. Tatum told Perkins he should have complimented Brown and left it at that rather than bring up Tatum’s name.

Why might Tatum be so sensitive to the subject? There have been questions about whether he and Brown can play well together.

The two met after Thursday’s loss to the Knicks and decided they could win together.

Since the two have made up their minds they want to make it work as teammates, Tatum appears to be trying to quiet the external noise that provides a distraction and perpetuates a narrative that the two cannot play together.

Perkins isn’t the only one lately to be critical of the Celtics.

Photo: Jan 4, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) during warm ups prior to the against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Cavs teammate wonders if LeBron James could return to Cleveland

LeBron James warming up

LeBron James was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, left once, returned to the team, and then left for a second time. Now one of James’ former Cavs teammates seems to think that the story may not be finished just yet.

Retired NBA big man Kendrick Perkins openly wondered on Twitter this week whether James could potentially return to the Cavs again.

“I wonder if Lebron James would consider demanding a trade back to Cleveland?!” wrote Perkins. “I mean the Cavs do have nice squad! Don’t mind me tho and Carry on…”

At 19-12, the Cavs have a much better record this season than James’ 16-16 Los Angeles Lakers. Cleveland’s roster is also rife with young talent. Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen, Darius Garland, and Isaac Okoro are among their young phenoms who are all age 24 or younger. Additionally, the Cavs have been winning without last season’s leading scorer, 22-year-old Collin Sexton, who is out for the year with a torn meniscus.

When it comes to Perkins though, it is worth noting that he works for ESPN and is a hot-take specialist. But he might be more privy to James’ mindset than most, having been teammates with James on the Cavs for two seasons.

In any case, it seems more likely that James would leave the Lakers in free agency in 2023 than that he would demand a trade from them. But the best indicator would probably James’ own comments from earlier this year on how he sees the rest of his NBA career playing out.

Photo: Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN analyst has interesting suggestion for LeBron James

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

The Los Angeles Lakers are going nowhere fast and speculation is beginning to rise that LeBron James may be interested in some new (old?) scenery.

If that does indeed turn out to be true, where might LeBron go? Retired NBA star and current ESPN analyst, Kendrick Perkins, has a suggestion.

This isn’t the first time LeBron going back to Cleveland has been suggested. In fact, that’s become fuel for many debates recently. It’s something that has engulfed Twitter and even Bill Simmons has taken note. So, might Perkins be onto something?

LeBron is no stranger to throwing his weight around when it comes to desired destinations. He maneuvered his way back to Cleveland previously, while taking similar tactics in moves to Miami and Los Angeles. Only this time, the speculation hasn’t been fueled by LeBron himself — it’s been all outside noise.

On his end, LeBron has stated he wants to ride out his career in Los Angeles.

“I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers,” James told the SmartLess podcast earlier this year. “However many years that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven. I hope I can continue to play the game. I love being in LA, my family loves being in LA.”

That commitment came before the Lakers left the gate with a 16-16 record this year. The Cavaliers, by contrast, are 19-12, have an impressive young roster and are clearly headed in the right direction. Outside of just the hometown vibes, that is undoubtedly appealing to LeBron.

For now however, this is nothing more than conjecture with a pinch of salt. But there’s a lot of time left for that to change. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, February 10 at 3:00 p.m. ET. We’ll see where things stand come that time.

Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Former teammate has surprising revelation about James Harden

James Harden on the court

James Harden is now getting buckets for the Brooklyn Nets, but one of his former teammates is making a surprising relevation about where Harden nearly ended up instead.

Appearing over the weekend on a Boston Celtics pregame show, ex-Celtic Kendrick Perkins said that then-president Danny Ainge consulted him last year about the possibility of a Harden-Jaylen Brown swap.

“I remember last year around this time when teams were calling about James Harden and Houston actually wanted Jaylen Brown,” said Perkins, per TalkBasket. “I was on the phone with Danny Ainge for an hour, and I remember how our conversation went. He was like, ‘Hey, Perk, would you trade Jaylen Brown for James Harden?’ And I was like, ‘Danny, you know how I feel about Jaylen Brown, but I would trade him for James Harden.’ He was like, ‘Are you kidding me? He’s not going anywhere. He’s not even 25 and he keeps getting better.’”

Perkins was teammates with Harden on the Oklahoma City Thunder for two seasons from 2011 to 2012. His comments here are surprising because they make it sound like the Rockets were willing to trade Harden to the Celtics. Ainge also apparently had people in his ear telling him to pull the trigger, but his belief in Brown may have been what ultimately nixed the deal.

Though he has since stepped down as president of the Celtics, Ainge has been proven right in the early going this season. Brown put up a ridiculous 46-9-6 line against the New York Knicks during Boston’s season opener and looks poised for his best year yet. Meanwhile, Harden is struggling in several regards so far this season.

The former MVP Harden is still one of the best players in basketball. But the Celtics were probably right to keep their homegrown star who is seven years younger and has plenty of upside of his own.

Photo: Feb 16, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) reacts against the Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Nerlens Noel takes another shot at Kendrick Perkins over Klutch drama

Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel thinks that you should probably check Kendrick Perkins’ back for marionette strings.

The New York Knicks big man took another shot this week at ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins. After recent reports had suggested that agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports wanted his client Tyrese Maxey out of Philadelphia, Perkins tweeted that those claims were false. Noel responded by tweeting an image of Pinocchio at Perkins.

The implication Noel appears to be making is that Perkins is a puppet of Klutch Sports as well as a liar.

Noel, a former client of Paul and Klutch, filed a lawsuit against them last month claiming tens of millions of dollars in lost wages. That led to Perkins calling him out on Twitter, to which Noel replied by hinting that Perkins was getting paid off by Klutch.

The former lottery pick Noel has certainly taken notice of Perkins defending Klutch online at seemingly every turn. Now we will have to wait and see if and how Perkins responds to Noel this time around.

Nerlens Noel, Kendrick Perkins beef on Twitter over Klutch lawsuit

Nerlens Noel

Kendrick Perkins thinks that Nerlens Noel is capping in his recent lawsuit against former agent Rich Paul and Klutch Sports.

The retired center turned ESPN analyst Perkins tweeted a shot at Noel this week. Perkins said that Noel needed to tell the truth about the situation and made a reference to Noel’s previous agent before Paul, Happy Walters.

Noel responded by tweeting a screenshot of the details of his suit, including that Paul allegedly ignored teams that were interested in signing Noel. The ex-lottery pick also hinted that Perkins was getting paid off by Klutch with the hashtag “#ThatCheckAintBigEnough” and tweeted a clown emoji at him in a subsequent post.

Perkins fired back by tweeting a dismissive meme at Noel.

What we do know is that Noel is seeking $58 million in lost wages from Paul and Klutch Sports. Noel claims that Paul gave him bad advice that led to him turning down a four-year, $70 million contract from the Dallas Mavericks in favor of a one-year qualifying offer worth $4.1 million. You can read the full details of Noel’s lawsuit here.

As for Perkins, there is no evidence that he is actually on Klutch’s payroll. But he is close friends and former teammates with Klutch’s marquee client.

Draymond Green trolls Kendrick Perkins, other analysts after USA wins gold

Draymond Green

Draymond Green definitely had all of the receipts saved.

After Team USA Basketball won the gold medal in Tokyo this week, Green took an opportunity to troll all of the analysts who had overreacted to their string of losses in exhibition play last month.

Green targeted ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins, FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd, and several others in a series of tweets. Here were some of the best ones.

Green even exposed France’s Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot for saying that they would defeat the United States in the gold medal game.

The victory marks Green’s second Olympic gold medal to go along with three NBA titles. That puts him in an elite class that is only occupied by players like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan.

The Tokyo triumph has to feel particularly sweet for Green. He already got some more trolling in on Instagram immediately after the win.