Posts Tagged ‘Kendrick Perkins’

Don’t Forget About Kendrick Perkins

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Back in January, several members of the Oklahoma City Thunder were hanging out, and Hasheem Thabeet posted a photo of them hanging out together. Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins was not hanging out with them, apparently because he wasn’t invited, and he left a comment on their picture (using NSFW language) expressing his disappointment at not being invited.

Over the weekend the Thunder participated in a community event, and Thabeet posted another photo of him hanging out with all of his teammates…

Well, almost all of his teammates. Once again, Perk seems to have not made the cut. This time, however, Perk took to his own Instagram account to register his disappointment. Why should Thabeet get all those “likes”?

The Thunder visit the zoo

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You’re an NBA player, it’s the middle of a long NBA season, and you have a day off. So what do you do? If you’re Russell Westbrook, Derek Fisher or Kendrick Perkins, over the weekend you visited the Oklahoma City Zoo to lend a hand at the sea lion exhibit. There’s a lot to like here. My favorite part might be where a sea lion kisses Kendrick Perkins and he says he’s hopeful he can get a picture of the moment to put up in his office.


VIDEO: OKC’s day at the zoo

Kendrick Perkins Is The Locker Room Police

Chicago Bulls v Oklahoma City Thunder

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Many athletes consider the locker room a sacred place, the one room where they come together as a team and are able to have both camaraderie and some modicum of privacy. They joke around, they have player’s-only meetings. And apparently what they do not do is go into the other team’s locker room, at least as long as Kendrick Perkins is involved.

After last night’s Oklahoma City Thunder win over Chicago, Bulls center Joakim Noah apparently showed up in the Thunder locker room in order to say hello to Thabo Sefolosha, who played with Noah in Chicago a few years ago. Now, players from opposing teams stopping to say hello following a game is nothing new — considering the amount of player movement that happens around the NBA, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have some sort of former teammate on another team. What was different about last night, however, is that Noah went into the Thunder locker room, escorted by Noah. And that’s when Kendrick Perkins, self-styled locker room cop, went to work.

According to Oklahoman writer Anthony Slater, here’s the exchange they had…

Perkins: “They just let anybody in the locker room?”

Noah: “C’mon man.”

Perkins: “I’m just asking though.”

Noah: “C’mon man.”

Perkins: “Just let anybody in the locker room now?”

Noah: “You want me to wait outside?”

Perkins: “I’m just saying, though.”

Noah: “If you want me to wait outside, I’ll wait outside.”

Perkins: “Get your ass up outta here.”

Noah: “Aight.”

OK, then! (Rather, aight!) Being former teammates and friends is great and all that, but stay out of the Thunder locker room in OKC, you guys.


Video: The Inside the NBA crew discusses Perkin’s beef

Local Ads: The OKC Thunder Are Back Selling Cars

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season we found several members of the Oklahoma City Thunder trying to help move some cars in a hilarious ad that aired in and around the Oklahoma City area. Well it’s a new season, and the Thunder players are back with a new commercial. Different dealership, a few different players, but mostly the same guys and a similarly wacky concept.

As Kendrick Perkins asks, “Why do I always get these silly songs?”
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VIDEO: Edmond Hyundai Thunder Commercial

(via Daily Thunder)

Memphis Grizzlies Get A New Theme Song


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Memphis Grizzlies have taken the NBA postseason by storm, winning eight of their last nine games and grit-and-grinding their way right into the Western Conference finals. And, of course, no good postseason run by a sports team is complete without a theme song to go along with it.

The Grizz’s new song comes courtesy of a couple of Memphis-born hip-hop luminaries: Rapper/producer Drumma Boy, teaming up with Three 6 Mafia co-founder DJ Paul. The song is titled “We Don’t Bluff,” which has a dual meaning: It’s a nod to the city of Memphis’s longtime nickname, “The Bluff City” — Memphis was settled on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. But it also references Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, who after an altercation with Oklahoma City’s Kendrick Perkins back in November, said, “There’s a lot of bluffin’ going on the court, that’s all, you know. And I don’t bluff.”

And as we’ve seen this postseason, neither do the Grizz.
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Local Ads: The OKC Thunder Has A Car For You!

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of our continuing hard-hitting series celebrating the best in local advertising, let’s take a moment to say farewell to the Oklahoma City Thunder. After losing star PG Russell Westbrook in the first round to injury, the Thunder soldiered on without him, even winning a game against the Grizz in dramatic fashion, but eventually, the Grit-N-Grind Grizz sent the Thunder fishing.

But before they go home, let’s take a moment to recognize the Thunder supporting cast who did their best even if it wasn’t quite enough — guys like Thabo Sefolosha, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison and Reggie Jackson. They may not be headliners like Kevin Durant and Westbrook, but that doesn’t mean they can’t move product, as we see from their performances here in this ad from a few months back for Norman Chrysler Jeep and Dodge.

And hey, I’d like to see you try to get Perk to sing “that goofy song.” Good luck with that.
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NBA Garners A Billion Views On YouTube

by Zettler Clay IV

Hey…it’s not everyday when a company gets a billion views on its YouTube page. To celebrate such a milestone, my colleagues at NBA Digital compiled some of the best NBA moments of the digital age (or at least since YouTube became relevant).




Shaq and the Jabbawockeez. A Kobe playoff game-winning buzzer-beater. Blake Griffin Mozgov-ing Timofey Mozgov and Perkins-ing Kendrick Perkins. And a White Mamba sighting?

Just bliss to the eyes.

NBA Rooks: Diaries … Jeremy Lamb




By Jeremy Lamb, Oklahoma City Thunder

When I first found out I was getting traded from Houston to Oklahoma City about a month ago, it was a shock and definitely unexpected. I played summer league and preseason with the Rockets, and when I found out I was getting traded, I knew I was going to have to learn a new system, a new coaching staff and new teammates.

I had no idea the trade was coming, and wasn’t sure how it was going to work out. But both teams talked me through it. First, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey talked to me about it. About 30 to 45 minutes later, Thunder general manager Sam Presti called me to tell me I’d be going to Oklahoma City and that they were going to fly me out the next day and get started right away. Coach [Scott] Brooks also called me that night.

I left around 4 p.m. the next day, so there was very little time to say goodbyes. I had a chance to talk to some people, including Coach [Kevin] McHale. I liked him a lot, as a coach and a player. He’s a good coach and I enjoyed talking to him. I was glad I was able to say goodbye to him, as well as to some of the other rookies like Scott Machado and Terrence Jones. I spoke to Toney Douglas, who told me, “This is a business. I’ve seen firsthand that side of the business early on in my career, too. Go ahead and do your thing, be aggressive, and work hard.”

I’ve definitely seen the business side of the NBA early, probably before any of the other rookies. But that’s not a bad thing, just something I had to go through. Everything happens for a reason, and I was blessed to play with Houston.

I am adjusting now, so everything is going good.

OKC, Here We Come!

I like it here in Oklahoma City so far. It’s a good city with real good fans and nice people. There’s not much to do, so you can really focus on basketball, which reminds me of Connecticut.

I’ve been living in a hotel since I got to OKC. About a week ago, my mom and someone from my agency came here to help me find a place, and I’ll be moving in in about a week or two. My Mom, Dad and sister are still living in Houston, but they will be moving out to here in a month or so.

We were on the road for Thanksgiving. This was not the first time I wasn’t with my family for the holiday, so I think I’m kind of used to it by now. Growing up, we used to go to my Bishop’s house in Atlanta; cook some good food and have fun. This year, we didn’t do anything as a team, but some people had Thanksgiving food before we got on the plane.

Christmas is the only holiday where I really wish I were with my family. Last year, when I was playing with UComm, we had practice on Christmas Day because we had a game the next day. This year, we will be playing the Miami Heat in Miami on Christmas Day. That will be exciting!

 Adjusting

A lot of my teammates, especially Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins and Russell Westbrook, have taken me under their wing. Right when the trade happened, KD and Perk texted me saying they were glad to have me and to come in ready to work. I’ve been putting in extra work with KD; Perk has been helping me out; and Russ has been working with me from day one. I’m playing with a lot of great players here who are really teaching me. In Houston, there were a lot more rookies and guys my age, but here in OKC, there are more veterans.

I have one rookie teammate, Perry Jones. That’s my man! I chill at his house and we eat together sometimes. He’s a cool dude, and since he and I are both rookies, I’m thankful we are going through our first season together. It’s nice that there’s another guy to look up when someone yells “Rook!” and somebody who else who has to do rookie chores.

Coach Brooks is a real good coach. He really pushes me and challenges me in practice. He has a good personality, and I like him as a coach and as a person.

It was tough learning the new system, the plays, defensive schemes and all that at first. It took some time to get used to, but I’ve been here a little while, so I’m getting used to it.

I am working as hard as I can. When the opportunity presents itself, I can come in the game and give my team a boost; play hard on defense, score, rebound.

Jeremy Lamb is a 6-foot-5 guard from the University of Connecticut. He was picked 12th overall by the Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft, and traded to the Thunder on Oct. 27 in the deal that sent James Harden to Houston.

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Oklahoma Player Volunteers For Blake Griffin Poster

by Micah Hart

Here is Blake Griffin, doing what Blake Griffin does best, even while recovering from knee surgery, on Oklahoma Sooner Buddy Hield:

I love the guy in the background who shouts out “Why would you do that?” at the end.

Umm, why wouldn’t you do that? Haven’t you seen all the photos of people pretending to get hit by Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali? I would LOVE to get dunked on by Blake Griffin. I would stand in line for 45 minutes and shell out $50 for the opportunity if he’d let me.

Is it embarrassing to get dunked on by Griffin. It doesn’t have to be. Take if from Tyrion Lannister, if you own something, it can’t hurt you.

You listening, Kendrick Perkins?

H/T Dime

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Blake Griffin Explains His Dunk On Kendrick Perkins

by Micah Hart

Via LACTV, here are Blake Griffin and teammates discussing his dunk-o’-the-year over Kendrick Perkins:



DeAndre Jordan — serving as a dunk barometer since 2008.

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