Kendrick Perkins has never been popular with opponents. He's a big, strong player without a ton of offensive game but plenty of weight to keep opponents out of the paint.
That's the reason his own team likes him but the guys he plays against have little use for him.
It wouldn't be quite appropriate to call him a modern-day Bill Laimbeer or Rick Mahorn, Laimbeer had more offense and more ability to upset others. That happened again heading into Tuesday's game against the Sacramento Kings.
Asked about Perkins, the Kings' Rudy Gay said “He might as well play with his face painted, he's a clown to me."
It was partially in response to Perkins' early season comments about the 5-1 start for the Kings, with the baller playing down the Kings impressive form.
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Can they back it up?
The Thunder are making the run they hoped to after a poor start.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are back and they have won six in a row heading into Tuesday's game against the Kings.
They've won eight of nine overall with the only loss in that stretch being against the New Orleans Hornets.
Gay isn't 1st upset at Perkins
Earlier in the year, it was the Warriors' Marreese Speights who was ripping on Perkings after the Warriors beat the Thunder behind Speights' 28 points.
“It’s just that Perk always has something to say,” Speights said. “He thinks he’s a tough guy, but at the end of the day, his game is terrible. He always has something to say to me, every time we play against each other.
“It always gets me going, so: ‘Shout out to Perkins’ for helping me get this game.”
What does Perkins do?
He's big, we know that, and he plays minutes (around 20 per game) inside while grabbing around six rebounds and averaging 4.3 points and 2.7 fouls per game.
Only once in his career, in 2009-10 with the Celtics, he averaged in double figures in points. His highest average rebound total was 8.1 per game.
But none of that says he has a lot of game. He has a purpose, frustrating opponents and playing tough minutes. Obviously, he's good at the frustrating part.
And, if the Thunder keep up their run, he'll have another shot at a title as well.