- Created on Friday, 10 February 2012 04:27
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by David Rountree
Perkins had recently been the victim of a massive slam dunk by All-Star Blake Griffin, a dunk that made shockwaves through all media outlets. Since then Perkin’s embarrassment has caused him to point fingers and complain about frugal things like tweets.
Perkins recently ripped LeBron saying that he wasn’t an elite or championship player because he got excited over Griffin’s dunk. It is an accusation that holds little steam because players are clearly fans of the games as well. Enthusiasm over dunks are always seen by players on the sidelines and often tweeted about.
There are several reasons why Perkins should have not taken shots at LeBron over this. Sometimes the best thing to do is to take the high road, because some comments just make things worse.
3) Twitter is Popular – Blake Griffin’s dunk was undoubtedly the best of the season and thousands of people on twitter chimed in on the play. Hundreds of athletes have twitter accounts, including Kendrick Perkin’s teammate/leader Kevin Durant—does that mean Durant is not an elite player also? Then majority of the tweets (including LeBron’s) were more about praising Blake Griffin than knocking Kendrick Perkins. LeBron tweeted “"Dunk of the Year! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!!! Wow! I guess I'm No. 2 now. Move over #6."
2) Sign of Weakness – TheThe best thing Perkins could have done was to forget about the dunk and move on with the season. Now with him taking shots at LeBron he is just bringing more attention to the fact that he got posterized. The play will live on by itself but adding controversy to it only makes things worse. Perkins is a serviceable big man at best, and there is absolutely no reason he should question any players’ “elite-hood”. He is a big man that is averaging a meager 5 rebounds this season and is probably better served not lecturing former MVPs. It’s like having a paralegal lecture a judge on the constitution.
1) Motivation – LeBron James has been criticized for not being motivated for games before but now you give him that x-factor he lacks. He usually takes his game to higher level when motivated. This controversy started because of a dunk and it could very well end with one. Is it wise to taunt a guy that could easily put you on front of a poster again? Not only that, LeBron has a teammate in Dwyane Wade that can do the same exact thing. Don’t you think Wade is listening as well? Things should get interesting the next time Miami plays Oklahoma.