ESPN “analyst” and former NBA center Kendrick Perkins has not been friendly with fans of the San Antonio Spurs, and it looks like there’s no end in sight to the horrid takes. Last year, Perkins spouted off about Keldon Johnson playing in the Olympics and Coach Pop being a disrespectful coach and then doubled down on both takes, despite seeing abuse from fans online.
At this point, we shouldn’t be surprised that Perkins is just full of bad takes, especially about the Spurs. And yet, whenever he comes up with new opinions, I still find myself seething. Maybe that’s what he wants.
Kendrick Perkins is back with horrid Spurs takes
Let’s look at how the two stack up just to see how bad of a take is. Duncan has 11 more All-Defensive nods, seven more All-Star game appearances, a Rookie of the Year award, and three Finals MVPs. Sure, Davis has one Finals win, but he was the clear-cut second option to LeBron James, and Duncan won at least four titles as the best player on the team, and you can make a case that he was still the best Spur in 2014.
I would say that Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, and even Charles Barkley were all more skilled players than AD, but Perkins is entitled to his opinion. I’m sure it’s based on reason and not in a personal vendetta or anything, right? Wrong.
Kendrick Perkins got crushed on the court by the Spurs
Perkins had a lengthy 14-season career as a journeyman center, playing for four teams. He won a ring in 2008 on the Celtics but posted a mediocre stat line of 5.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks during his career in 21 minutes of play per night.
Against Duncan and the Spurs, however, is a different story. Perkins went 12-12 against the Spurs in his 24 career matchups. In those 24 games, he averaged 21 minutes per game but posted only three points, 3.8 rebounds, and a block. Definitely a step below his usual production, which was never that great.
Perkins spouts off bad takes all day and gets paid handsomely to do so, but it looks like his anti-Spurs agenda is coming from a place of malice. I will admit, if Old Man Riverwalk embarrassed me 24 times over 14 years, I’d also be on the anti-Spurs train.