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Kendrick Perkins has been crushing Steph Curry since NBA Finals

Kendrick Perkins has made it no secret that he is not a Stephen Curry fan, and it is no surprise that he seems to be celebrating the fact that the two-time NBA MVP came up short of winning a third consecutive championship this year.

After the Golden State Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Perkins ranted on the “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Show” podcast about how Curry continues to get “pass after pass after pass” for poor performances in big games.

“I feel like it’s unfair because any other superstar in the league don’t get as many passes as Steph Curry,” Perkins said. “Steph Curry gets pass after pass after pass, and he never steps up to the big plate. Think about this, the shots that Klay Thompson hit tonight, they wasn’t just easy shots. He had two or three people on him at times.”

Perkins went on to call Curry an “all-time great” and said he is not trying to take anything away from him, but that seems to be exactly what he is doing. Perk also tweeted during Game 4 that he expected everyone to make excuses for Curry and say Thompson’s return had a negative impact on him.

Whether you want to label it an excuse or not, it does seem that people talk
a lot about nagging injuries every time Curry has a rough game in the postseason. He shot just 29.4 percent from three-point range over the last three games of the NBA Finals and 40.3 percent from the field overall. Curry was battling a finger injury that he admitted was an issue, but almost everyone is playing hurt to some degree in the playoffs.

All that said, it’s impossible for Perkins to convince anyone he is unbiased. His Cleveland Cavaliers teams lost to the Warriors twice in the NBA Finals, and he has a history of bad blood with Curry and some of his teammates. It makes sense that he pounced on the opportunity to bash Curry for a rough postseason.

Ex-teammate: Don’t be surprised if Kevin Durant signs with Clippers

Kevin Durant Sonics

Kevin Durant got pestered by the LA Clippers during the first round of this year’s playoffs, but one of his old teammates is hinting that there could be much more to come for the two sides.

FOX Sports 1’s Kristine Leahy tweeted a clip on Wednesday of an upcoming interview of hers with former NBA big man Kendrick Perkins, who played with Durant on the Oklahoma City Thunder for five seasons. In the clip, Perkins spoke on the possibility of the superstar forward signing with the Clippers in free agency this summer.

“Don’t be surprised if KD signs with the Clippers,” he said. “Everybody keeps screaming New York, but don’t be surprised if KD signs and goes to play for [Clippers head coach] Doc [Rivers].

“I don’t even have to help recruit,” continued Perkins, who also played seven seasons for Rivers on the Boston Celtics. “He likes the organization. He likes Doc Rivers. He loves Doc Rivers.”

While Durant’s future will likely depend on if he wins a third straight title with the Golden State Warriors this year, the back-to-back Finals MVP has thus far been Eurostepping any talk about his summer plans. That said, the Clippers, who just won 48 games without a superstar on the roster, boast organizational stability, strong leadership and culture, and a quality young core poised to compete for many years to come. Couple that with their ability to offer max money in a marquee market, and it makes for quite a strong sell to Durant.

Ex-Celtic: Kyrie Irving was a ‘bad leader’ and ‘disrespectful’

Kyrie Irving

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.

Dwyane Wade clowns ex-teammate Kendrick Perkins

Dwyane Wade Heat

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.

Kendrick Perkins reportedly waived by Cavaliers

Kendrick Perkins

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.

Kendrick Perkins reportedly flipped off Kevin Durant during Game 3 presser

Kendrick Perkins

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.

Kendrick Perkins fires back at Warriors over Stephen Curry incident

Kendrick Perkins Steph Curry

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.

Report: Warriors players angry over ‘dangerous play’ from Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins Steph Curry

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.

Watch: Steph Curry gets into it with Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins Steph Curry

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.

Watch: Draymond Green mocked cheerleader Kendrick Perkins

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.