Unfortunately, San Antonio Spurs fans, I find myself here once again informing you of more horrendous takes from the one and only Kendrick Perkins. Most recently, he made his way to Spurs social media circles after going on record saying that Trae Young deserves Keldon Johnson's roster spot on the U.S. Men's National Team. He also felt it necessary to add that he thought Coach Popovich added him to the roster because of his bias toward Spurs players.
If you thought that take was bad, then I urge you to prepare yourself for the onslaught of awful takes that he felt were necessary to share in the past few days. And yes, unfortunately, there are more than one.
To a degree, I don't want to share these takes with fans purely to prevent Perkins from getting the extra exposure. That being said, because he felt that it was necessary to double down on his absurdity rather than dial it back a bit, I can't help but to feel the need to share what he said and how the Spurs Twitter community reacted. Seeing the retweets, replies, and discussion around what he was saying felt like watching a hilarious train wreck that was impossible to look away from.
Kendrick Perkins seems to have personal vendetta against the San Antonio Spurs
The tweet above is what started it all, Spurs fans. After Keldon Johnson's impressive performance against Spain in the USMNT's final exhibition game, Perkins felt the need to rebut that performance with ignorance on an astronomical scale rather than congratulating him. Thankfully, Spurs Twitter quickly came to Johnson's defense, and our very own Nic Yarbro had quite the popular response.
Unfortunately for Perkins, though, this was only the beginning of Spurs Twitter cyberbullying him into oblivion. One would assume that after receiving the type of response that he got from his Trae Young tweet that he would choose to keep quiet for awhile, or at the very least make an attempt to form a coherent and evidence-based take.
Instead of going that route, though, Perkins decided that it would be best to stir the pot (to put it kindly) even more than he already did.
This time around, Perkins did not so much have his own take as he did show support for an absolutely abysmal take from former NBA G-Leaguer (or at the time D-Leaguer) Rashad Phillips. Essentially, Phillips claims that there is a difference between a "hooper" and a "basketball player," and that knowing how to be both makes for a more exciting player. While he claims that players like Kevin Durant, Allen Iverson, and Kyrie Irving have the qualities of both, he thinks that both Tim Duncan and Giannis Antetokounmpo should just be considered "basketball players."
If that take alone feels difficult to read, I assure you that it is just as difficult having to type. That being said, Perkins seemed to be in complete agreement with Phillips' opinion. Besides the fact that the take wasn't even able to hold up for two full days (in light of Antetokounmpo's legendary Game 6 performance), the fact that it's coming from someone that never made it to the league and being supported by someone that averaged 5.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1 assist in the league is pretty rich.
Understandably, Spurs Twitter did not take kindly to that support, as you can see with @BrettSolis_12's tweet below.
At this point, Spurs Twitter had a 3-0 lead on Perkins and I had a growing suspicion that he's simply a masochist, but he still refused to give it a rest. After Perkins receives a deserving dose of shame from fans everywhere, seemingly in absence of any sort of mental filter, he takes the conversation back to his high school days.
This is where the real social media abuse began for Perkins. I'll leave you with just a few of Spurs Twitter's funniest and most damaging responses, including tweets from @AssassinateHate, @dRAIL2k3, and @LonestarStevie.
Thankfully, at least for now, this appeared to be the final nail in Perkins' proverbial coffin. We can only hope that this means the Spurs will be out of his mouth, but because this seems to have gotten quite personal for him, I have a nagging feeling that Perkins will be back with his takes sooner rather than later.