Kendrick Perkins never really had a “breakout season’ in the NBA despite spending 14 seasons in the league.
But boy is he ever having a breakout season as an NBA analyst for ESPN this year.
Big Perk has become a mainstay on ESPN’s coverage the last few years. But he’s taken it to a new level this season. From getting into an argument with JJ Redick over how race affects NBA MVP voting, to slamming the Golden State Warriors, Perkins has made headlines left and right in recent weeks.
It appears he’s enjoying the spotlight as well. Because his latest comments are sure to keep him in it for the days to come.
Kendrick Perkins Calls Chris Paul A ‘Borderline Senior Citizen’
After the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns, 122-111, behind 25 points from undrafted guard Austin Reaves, Perkins took dead aim at future hall of famer Chris Paul.
“SGA dropped a 40 piece on him, and then I saw Austin Reaves go for 25 & 11. When I look at CP3 — and there’s no disrespect — he’s borderline a senior citizen… He’s declining right now. I don’t have that faith in him.”
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“Have you seen CP3 lately?” Perkins asked Stephen A. Smith after Smith suggested the Suns were favorites in the NBA Western Conference with Kevin Durant health. “…I just saw SGA (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) drop a 40-piece on him, and then I saw Austin Reaves go for 25 and 11…He’s borderline a senior citizen. He’s ’bout to enter the next chapter of his life. He’s declining right now. I don’t have that faith in him.”
Perkins isn’t wrong. Paul, who turns 38 in May, has shown signs of decline this season while playing in just 51 games. But if Durant is healthy, it may very well not matter. That is, however, a big “if.”