Kendrick Perkins had an NBA career that almost anyone would be proud of.
Perkins played for 13 seasons and won an NBA championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics. But these days, he’s probably most well known for his position as an NBA Analyst on a wide array of ESPN shows.
Unfortunately for Perkins, he found himself in the news this week for reasons he’d probably rather not deal with.
Perkins got into a heated exchange with fellow ESPN NBA analyst and NBA veteran JJ Redick recently when discussing the league’s MVP award.
“When it comes down to guys winning MVP since 1990, it’s only three guys that won the MVP that wasn’t top 10 in scoring… Steve Nash, Jokic, and Dirk Nowitzki. What do those guys have in common?” Perkins asked Stephen A. Smith last week.
Redick took exception to those comments and shot back
“It is an honor to be on this desk every day, but what we just witnessed is the problem with this show,” Redick began.
“Where we create narratives that do not exist in reality. The implication — what you are implying — that the white voters that vote on NBA are racist, that they favor white people. You just said that,” Redick said to Perkins, who immediately shifted into denial mode.
But Redick wasn’t the only one. Former NBA MVP and current Inside the NBA analyst Charles Barkley also took a shot at Perkins.
Apparently that wasn’t enough for the former NBA big man, who kept the hot takes coming on Friday.
Kendrick Perkins Offers Controversial Take On Warriors Title Hopes
The Golden State Warriors have had a remarkably underwhelming seasons. Injuries and off-court issues have the Warriors sitting at just 34-33 and in sixth-place in the Western Conference. Their 7-26 record away from home is the third-worst in the entire NBA.
And now Perkins says it’s time to pull the plug on their hopes of repeating as NBA champs.
.@KendrickPerkins believes the Warriors' season is over.
"The lights ain't coming on this year." pic.twitter.com/HpvkCJ9itN
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) March 10, 2023
“They could flip it on and then they realize the light bill wasn’t paid, because the lights ain’t coming on this year,” Perkins said when asked if the Warriors can simply flip a switch. “And here’s why: for the first time I can say that the Warriors don’t have an identity.”
Perkins says the lack of identity begins on the defense end and that there’s no fluidity on the offensive end. While it may seem crazy to count out a team with Steph Curry, he may just have a point.