Kendrick Perkinsformer NBA player, always had a reputation for badass on the court, tough guy He didn’t shy away from fighting with anyone. And of foul-mouthed out of it since he hung up his shirt and collaborates with some media. The former center of Boston Celtics (2003-2011), Oklahoma City Thunder (2011-2015) and Cavaliers (2018) He doesn’t usually have filters when he picks up a microphone. He says what he thinks, even if what he says causes an earthquake.
That is what he has done again during his participation in the program The Old Man & the Three Podcast con JJ Redick. It was a long and quite interesting interview, but as usual it got out of hand when remembering old battles. Specifically when remembering a matchup with LeBronat that time in Cavaliers. For the first time in his life a tough guy like him he confessed to feeling terrified having to face ‘King’ James.
I’m not going to lie man, I was pretty scared before that game against LeBron. That was the only time in my life that I prayed that something would happen to him in the warm-up.
His words were not wasted: “We were going to play against the Cavaliers in the 2008 playoff game 7. We had just lost game six and, I’m not going to lie man, I was very scared before that game against LeBron. That was the only time in my life that I prayed that something would happen to him in the warm-up. I thought I wish they told us LeBron tore his ACL or something.“, he confessed.
Only Perkins would admit something so unsportsmanlike and brutal like this. And so naturally. Sure LeBron will not have sat well with these statements, despite the fact that Perkins’ wishes were not fulfilled. And that his fear was not unfounded. ‘King’ James scored 45 points in that game, but he was very lonely and the Celtics won.
…And then they became partners
The most paradoxical thing is that LeBron y Perkins they would end up being teammates in the Cavaliers years later in 2015, but for sure during the time they were together the center never confessed that he wanted his injury in 2008. The ‘loudmouth’ then kept his mouth shut. For his own good.