The strangest rivalry of 2018 continues to blaze forward.
Hip-hop star (and Toronto Raptors superfan) Drake was involved in a bizarre beef during Game 1 of the Raptors-Cavs second-round series on Monday when he traded words with Cleveland Cavaliers backup center Kendrick Perkins.
After the game, Perkins told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that the “God’s Plan” singer was chirping at him while he was trying to talk to his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate (and current Raptor) Serge Ibaka.
Instagram user Elliott Wilson later posted a screenshot of Perkins’ remarks to the Gram, and Drake left a comment joking that he was simply complimenting the hem on the veteran big man’s capris.
The unexpected spectacle in some ways overshadowed the Cavs’ 113-112 win in overtime, especially since the two men got into it multiple times. Game 2 will be on Thursday in Toronto, and hopefully Perkins will wear a more modest pair of pants this time.
The Drake and Kendrick Perkins beef extended to after Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series between the Raptors and Cavaliers on Tuesday.
The rapper and Cavs center got into it during halftime of Tuesday’s game in Toronto, with Perkins being restrained by JR Smith. There were more words exchanged after Perkins’ Cavs pulled out a 113-112 overtime win.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shared this video from after the game. Drake appears to be saying that he “didn’t say” whatever Perkins thought he did.
Drake, who is from Toronto, is an ambassador for the Raptors and is often in attendance for their games, sometimes mixing things up with opposing players. Perkins was added to Cleveland’s roster late in the regular season but has not played in any postseason games yet, which explains why he was wearing the suit.
The Cavs added Perkins to serve as their muscle and to bring veteran leadership. He certainly is acting as the muscle with Drake.
Kendrick Perkins had to be separated from Drake as the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers headed into the locker rooms for halftime of Game 1 of their playoff series on Tuesday.
Perkins was added to the Cavaliers’ roster just before the regular season ended but has only played in 15 minutes this season — playoffs included. He still found time to get into it with Drake, a Raptors super fan, during Game 1 in Toronto.
Drake is no stranger to getting involved in Raptors games and has even gotten into it with LeBron before. However, Perkins is someone he probably doesn’t want a piece of, so he should be thankful that JR Smith drove Perk away.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to add some size and veteran experience to their roster for the playoffs.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that the Cavs are signing Kendrick Perkins.
Perkins joined the Cavaliers for camp before the season but was cut and ended up going to the G League to play for the Canton Charge. He averaged 8.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in 27 contests with the team.
The big center has not played in the NBA since the 2015-16 season with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Cleveland Cavaliers sent six players packing on Thursday and added four back, meaning they have a couple of roster spots to fill. According to one report, Kendrick Perkins is a player they’re expected to add to the team.
The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported the news about Perkins:
Perkins, 33, has not played in the NBA since 2015-16 when he spent 37 games with the Pelicans. He was acquired by the Cavaliers in a trade from Oklahoma City the year before.
Perkins has a relationship with the Cavs in part due to his previous stint with the team. He joined the team for their training camp this season, was offered a spot on Ty Lue’s coaching staff, and he ultimately played for the team’s G-League team.
Perkins should be able to provide size and veteran leadership for the Cavs, which suddenly have a completely reshaped roster.
It’s not often that you see an NBA veteran head to the developmental league, but that’s what’s happening in the case of Kendrick Perkins.
Perkins was cut by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of training camp. However, he is sticking with the franchise and has agreed to a deal with the Canton Charge of the G-League, which is the Cavs’ affiliate, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 32-year-old center has not played in the NBA since the 2015-2016 season when he appeared in 37 games with the Pelicans. The year before that he played in 17 games with the Cavaliers.
Cavs head coach Ty Lue was offering Perkins a job as a coach with the team if he wanted to go down that career path.
Tyronn Lue is saving a spot on his coaching staff for veteran big man Kendrick Perkins should he so desire it.
The Cleveland Cavaliers head coach said this week that Perkins, who was invited to training camp with the team but was ultimately waived in the final round of roster cuts on Saturday, has an offer to join his staff.
“We’ve already talked about that,” said Lue, per Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. “I think Perk was great because he holds everybody accountable. He plays the right way, tries to do the right thing every single day.
“You need a guy like that around,” Lue continued. “A guy who’s going to be the right person for the team, not worrying about himself, not being caught up in all his own personal things and will help the team out in any way he can.”
The 32-year-old Perkins, who previously was with the Cavs for a brief part of the 2014-15 season, is also familiar with Lue from his time playing with the Boston Celtics, where Lue was an assistant coach. Lue has tried in the past to lure other former Celtics to his staff as well.
As for Perkins, he still wants to play, but a player of his skillset doesn’t exactly have much on-court value these days. Thus, it might be time to leverage his leadership skills into a coaching position.
Kendrick Perkins will join the Cleveland Cavaliers for their training camp next week, according to a report.
Perkins, who played with the Cavaliers three seasons ago, was at the team’s minicamp in Santa Barbara this week. You can see him on the left in this photo standing between Richard Jefferson and Derrick Rose:
Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon says the 32-year-old center will continue to work with the team and be at next week’s training camp.
Although Perkins is working with the team, Vardon says it’s unlikely he makes the roster because of how much he will cost due to the luxury taxes involved in cutting another player to make room for him.
Perkins did not play last season but played 37 games for the Pelicans the season before.
Kendrick Perkins is ready to return to the NBA.
The veteran center told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe that he wants to be a backup in the league again and thinks he can help a team.
“The body feels good, man, I’m just sitting here waiting on an opportunity,” Perkins said. “Hopefully I can get a training camp invite soon. I want to earn my way. I don’t want nobody to give me nothing. So I’ve been working hard, going two or three times a day, working and grinding. I’m just trying to stay with it.”
Perkins said the year off allowed him to feel healthier, but gave him important perspective as he was away from the game.
“You’re sitting back, waiting on a job, you want in and not just sitting around the house. I wasn’t ready for that in that point in my life,” he said. “I think it was a very humbling situation for me. I thought it made me realize the importance and not to take it for granted.”
Perkins got a bit of interest last summer, but obviously nothing came of it. He was a very effective center once upon a time, but at age 32 with a torn ACL to his name, it’s not clear how much he has left.
Could Kevin Durant follow the LeBron James career arc? One of his ex-teammates thinks it’s possible.
Kendrick Perkins was part of a group of the 2008 championship-winning Boston Celtics who joined KG’s “Area 21” during TNT’s NBA playoffs coverage on Monday night. The show was a reunion of sorts with Perkins, Glen Big Baby Davis, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo joining Kevin Garnett in studio.
There was a live stream of Area 21 and at one point Perkins made a big revelation.
Perk, who teamed with Durant and Russell Westbrook for parts of five seasons in OKC, said that the two stars are back on speaking terms. He also shared his personal thoughts that Durant could one day return to the Thunder.
This seems like the first time this concept has been legitimately floated.
LeBron James left Cleveland — where he was drafted — to sign in Miami and win a couple of titles. He then returned home to Cleveland and was able to win a ring for the previously downtrodden franchise. Durant was drafted by Seattle/OKC, got his team close to winning it all but came up short, then left to the Warriors where he’s trying to win that elusive ring. If he’s able to get a title or two a la LeBron, maybe he would return to OKC to try and make it right with that franchise after leaving them.
What’s big is that Westbrook and Durant are back on speaking terms, especially after Westbrook made it clear earlier this year that they weren’t.