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Kendrick Perkins, the Thunder Whisperer
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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--ke...071044932.html

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For Kendrick Perkins, the telephone calls from frustrated Oklahoma City Thunder teammates come with a far greater frequency than passes into the post. Sometimes, this is the blessing and the curse of playing with the greatness of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. In victory and defeat, the ball belongs to the NBA's two best 20-something scorers and everyone else is left to sort through the scraps of shots.
"I get phone calls at all hours of the night from different teammates," Perkins told Yahoo! Sports. "And I've got to tell them: OK, you didn't get yours tonight but…

"So OK, take Serge [Ibaka]. I'll tell him, "OK man, you got seven points tonight, then you need to go get eight blocks. Some nights it's not going to be your night, where you can touch the ball. It's like that on this team, especially when you've got scorers like Russ, K.D. and Kevin Martin leading the league in scoring."

Twenty-four hours before Perkins made an immense block on the Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams in the final minute of the Thunder's 117-111 victory at Barclays Center, Perkins gave a knowing nod and shrugged. "The game ends, you go home, take an hour break and then I know it's mentoring time.

"Guys are gonna call."

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Long after the game ends, the phone rings for Kendrick Perkins and his message is unwavering: Get over yourself and get to work on whatever is necessary to win basketball games. That's the program here, that's the value of leadership that transcends all those statistics, all those metrics, all those things that'll never measure how a franchise keeps itself together.
Interesting read about the dynamic. Even successful teams have unhappy guys. Also interesting that, of all people, Perkins is the guy who soothes everyone's egos. I had him pegged as someone who just beat on guys who don't get in line.

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personally i love kendrick perkins

we could use his toughness on this team

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Can't understand how in the world he can sooth, calm down or mentor anyone. The guy looks like he cries 24/7.

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Still love Perk.

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Can't understand how in the world he can sooth, calm down or mentor anyone. The guy looks like he cries 24/7.
Have you ever heard the guy talk? That's exactly what he is; calm, cool, collective.

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lol looks like he cries all the time? the **** outta here

shocking that he gets so many calls to mentor his teamates. wouldnt think anyone would go to him for help on thier games
 
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They could have used that face in the Walking Dead set if not for their "One Black Man" rule.

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Not the first time ive heard this about Perkins...Apparently a really nice person off the court...but i dont wanna mess with him on the court...he plays with a serious chip...
 
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personally i love kendrick perkins

we could use his toughness on this team
Seems to get dunked on a lot though


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Asik should give him a call to get some knowledge on how to defend Howard.
 
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Seems to get dunked on a lot though


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But, I am curious who calls him about not enough touches. I am guessing: Maynor, Jackson, Ibaka, Sefalosha, Durant, Collison, Jones, Lamb, Martin, Liggins, Orton, Thabeet, and Westbrook.

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