The Boston Celtics were eliminated from the NBA playoffs on Wednesday night after a disappointing season, and 24 hours did not even elapse before Kyrie Irving started taking criticism. The latest has come from former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, who called Irving “disrespectful” and a “bad leader.”
Perkins joined “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” for an interview on Thursday and shared his feelings on Irving.
“I think Kyrie, the way he went about it, was disrespectful to the city of Boston, was disrespectful to the organization,” Perkins said. “And he didn’t represent what Celtic pride is all about. I spent my first eight and a half years of my career in Boston and those fans are unbelievable, the organization is unbelievable, the history of the franchise in itself is unbelievable. And the way Kyrie went about it, ‘OK, yeah, I struggled. OK, on to the next game.’ Kinda like the, ‘I don’t care’ attitude. Just basically, throughout the whole process, I thought he had got it, but he was just a bad leader and he didn’t represent was Celtic pride was about. It was proven, in my opinion, he’s not a Batman. He’s a great player, Kyrie is an elite player, but he’s not a Batman. He’s a Batman when he’s on the team with LeBron (James), but he’s not a Batman. He can’t carry his own team.”
Irving had a horrendous series against the Milwaukee Bucks, which ended in five games. He shot just 35.2 percent from the field for the series and was particularly bad over the last four games, all of which they lost. That came after he spent the season telling the media to trust his leadership as he tried to follow the LeBron James playbook. He has since proven he is not LeBron James and has taken criticism from many, including an anonymous teammate.
Despite all the criticism, one of Irving’s teammates did come to the guard’s defense.
This weekend provided an opportunity for Dwyane Wade to relive one of the greatest hits of his NBA career.
Wade took to Instagram on Saturday to repost a video of a saga between him and former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kendrick Perkins. Several years ago when Wade was on his first stint with the Miami Heat and Perkins was on the Oklahoma City Thunder, the latter pulled a disrespectful move on the former by swinging a leg in his face on a dunk. Wade would then respond by getting Perkins back in a subsequent meeting with a vicious poster slam for the ages.
The 12-time All-Star clowned Perkins in his caption as well, tagging him and writing “Why you do me like that tho!?! Had to get you back bro hahaha.”
Wade and Perkins were only teammates on the Cavs for a very brief stint. They both signed with the team last September, but Perkins was waived in October after a handful of preseason games. He would re-sign with the Cavs again in April, but by that time Wade had already been traded back to Miami.
The throwback post still makes for a pretty funny jab though, but it’s not quite as juicy as the last time that Perkins and an ex-teammate of his got into it.
The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Kendrick Perkins at the end of the regular season last year to provide depth and veteran presence during the playoffs, and it appears as though they have no use for the big man now that LeBron James has moved on.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs waived Perkins on Tuesday.
Cleveland had decided to pick up Perkins’ option for next season last month, but that was before LeBron left to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Now that the Cavs are going to struggle to even reach the postseason next year, it makes no sense to keep a player like Perkins on the roster.
Perkins, 33, did not play a single minute in the playoffs, but he made his presence felt in a number of other ways.
Despite being in a suit on the sidelines, Kendrick Perkins continues to leave his mark on this year’s NBA Finals.
Jason Lloyd of The Athletic shared a story on Thursday of how the Cleveland Cavaliers big man saw Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant at the podium after Wednesday’s Game 3 (a 110-102 victory for the Warriors). Upon spotting Durant addressing reporters, Perkins raised two middle fingers high above his head in the former MVP’s direction and walked away without saying a word.
Durant apparently reacted to the unfriendly salute by quietly telling Perkins off, which you can see in the clip below:
Durant was the star of Wednesday’s game, finishing with a playoff-high 43 points on six three-pointers, including a cold-blooded triple that iced the game for the Warriors in the final minute.
Perkins and Durant were actually teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder for five seasons from 2011 to 2015, so it’s possible that the double birds were in jest. However, Perkins has not exactly been on the friendliest terms with the Warriors lately, so you never know.
The Golden State Warriors were not pleased with Kendrick Perkins over an incident with Stephen Curry on Sunday, and now the veteran big man is taking an opportunity to hit back at them.
Curry and Perkins got into it with each other during the Warriors’ Game 2 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers when the former tripped over the legs of the latter on an end-of-the-quarter three-point attempt from the corner. Perkins, who is inactive, was sitting on the Cavs bench at the time.
The Warriors were reportedly angry over the “dangerous” play and concerned that Curry could have suffered an ankle or knee injury as a result of Perkins not moving his legs out of the way.
On Tuesday, Perkins responded to those gripes in an interview with Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
“I was just sitting there and [Curry] landed on my leg,” said the 33-year-old. “And he was standing over my leg and I don’t understand what people want me to do. He was like, ‘What you on?’ and I’m like, ‘What you mean what I’m on?’ I’m sitting over here.
“I don’t know why people keep wanting to pick battles this way,” Perkins continued. “Might want to choose that [expletive] wisely, man, [rather] than [bleeping] with me. I don’t think I’m the problem that they want, though, might want to pick another battle.”
Perkins, who has carried a reputation as an intimidator throughout his NBA career, has not played in a single game for the Cavs this postseason but has functioned as an assistant coach of sorts for them, yelling instructions from the bench. His vocal presence in the Finals previously made him a target of another Warriors player as well.
Kendrick Perkins was not even wearing a uniform during Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, but that did not stop the veteran big man from angering his opponents and getting into a confrontation.
At the end of the third quarter of Golden State’s win over the Cavaliers, Stephen Curry tripped over Perkins’ legs on a 3-point attempt as time expired. Curry felt that Perkins either stuck his feet out or made no effort to move, and he immediately confronted him. ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports that several of Curry’s teammates were also bothered by the “dangerous play” and felt Curry could have suffered a serious knee or ankle injury because of Perkins’ “reluctance to move his knees and feet.”
Curry chose not to explain why he was so angry.
“I’m not going to get into it,” he told Haynes. “No comment.”
Perkins was signed by the Cavs late in the season and has not played a significant role on the court, but he’s managed to become part of the story on multiple occasions. Between the tripping in Game 2, his incident with Draymond Green in Game 1 and the beef he had with Drake, Perkins has attracted plenty of attention.
Steph Curry got into it with Kendrick Perkins at the end of the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night in Oakland.
Curry attempted a shot in front of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench just before the quarter ended. He missed and then tripped over Kendrick Perkins, whose legs were extended. The two got face-to-face after that:
Perkins was signed by the Cavs late in the season and has only played 15 minutes — in one game in April. He’s even just wearing a suit on the bench rather than a uniform. But between this and his incident with Draymond Green in Game 1, he’s managed to capture plenty of attention. That’s not even counting his beef with Drake too.
Tristan Thompson was not the only Cleveland Cavalier that Draymond Green antagonized on Thursday night.
The Golden State Warriors pulled out an overtime victory over the Cavs in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and in the final couple of minutes of the game, Green was seen doing a shimmy of sorts towards the Cleveland bench.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin revealed that Green was mimicking a cheerleader waving pom-poms to taunt Kendrick Perkins, the Cavs veteran. Perkins, who is not on the active roster, was vocal from the sideline throughout the game.
It was certainly an eventful evening for the three-time All-Star Green — he finished with a near-triple-double (13 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists) and had some other extracurricular activity as well.
You could make the argument that “Star Wars” is the most successful film franchise in U.S. history, and anyone who doesn’t know a thing about it has probably been living under a rock. Apparently Kendrick Perkins thinks the undersides of rocks are quite comfortable.
Following the Cavaliers’ blowout win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Kevin Love asked Kendrick Perkins if he was going to hang out with the fan who was sitting courtside dressed as Chewbacca. Perkins literally had no idea what a Chewbacca was, and his rationale for not knowing is priceless.
That “new stuff” Perkins is referring to actually debuted in 1977, though there have been new installments of the “Star Wars” series in recent years.
For those who didn’t see the fan at Quicken Loans Arena, let’s just say he went all out.
Perkins has yet to play for Cleveland during the playoffs, but he has had no problems making headlines while riding the bench. That’s what happens when you get into altercations with Drake and have no idea what “Star Wars” is.
Kendrick Perkins says that he is willing to put his beef with Drake aside.
Perkins and Drake had two verbal altercations during Game 1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers-Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. The first incident happened at halftime, and then there was a second incident after the game.
The NBA issued a warning to the rapper, who is an official ambassador for the Raptors.
Perkins, who was added to the Cavaliers’ roster right before the end of the regular season but has not dressed during the playoffs, says he’ll leave Drake alone if Drake leaves him alone.
“I’m here to support my teammates,” Perkins told ESPN before Game 2. “I’m here to represent the Cleveland Cavaliers. At the end of the day, it isn’t about Perk vs. Drake, that doesn’t even sound right. It’s the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Toronto Raptors. Besides, what could he possibly do to me? I mean, really. If he leaves me alone, I’ll leave him alone and that’s all there is.”
He has a point. Although if Drake wanted to do damage to Perkins, it would probably be through a bodyguard or security.