Kendrick Perkins, 14-year NBA veteran and 2008 champion with the Celtics, is ESPN’s go-to guy for criticism of Kyrie Irving.
He’s made the spurious (and we’re being kind) that Irving arranged for his shoulder injury to coincide with the Nets first match-up with the Celtics so he would avoid the boo-birds of Boston. Perhaps he was upset that Irving made him look like a fool when Irving and Kevin Durant signed with the Nets after Perk had suggested their signing with the Knicks was a done deal.
Now, he’s claiming that Irving, a former teammate, is trying to torpedo the NBA’s return-to-play because the Nets won’t let him, as an injured player, travel to Orlando for the “bubble.” Never mind that Irving has on multiple occasions and in multiple forums posted his feelings about race in America and exploitation of black athletes.
Here he is, Wednesday morning, on ESPN’s “Evening Nightly News” with Peter Rosenberg, berating Irving (for the second straight day) on Irving’s perceived lack of leadership, calling the Nets star a bird brain.
“If you take Kyrie Irving’s brain and put it in a bird right now, guess what that bird is going to do?” asked Perkins. “It’s going to fly backwards, because Kyrie right now is confused.”
It wasn’t long afterwards that quotes from the interview began to appear on social media. And it didn’t take long after that for KD, aka easymoneysniper, to respond...
And that of course was not the end of it. Wilson Chandler had his say in two tweets, the first implying he was a “sucker”...
Ex players turning into suckers right before your eyes on television.— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) June 17, 2020
Then, he suggested that Perkins, not Irving, was the guy trying to tear things asunder...
Divide and conquer tactics at a all time high.— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) June 17, 2020
Not long after, Perkins seemed to respond with an obscenity-filled tweeted threat that he was going to expose Irving and “HOE SHIT,” with no further details (of course). He later deleted that tweet and apologized in a new tweet with a new threat, apparently related to Stef Bondy’s tweet about how Irving had discussed players forming their own league, again with no further details (of course).
Excuse my last tweet...but I really took it light on Kyrie today because I really could Expose the “Cupcake” BS that he’s really doing behind those phone conversations!!! Carry on...— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 17, 2020
Keeping it professional, Perk, nothing personal, of course.
Then, literally moments later, came the piece de resistance, which, if you don’t speak French, is the most important or remarkable feature of any conversation, what others might call the BANG! (You’ll have to look that one up.)
Kevin Durant, who’s been critical of Perkins’ contribution (or lack of same) in the Thunder’s 2012 Finals, retweeted two videos of Perk’s failings that were posted by someone going by the name of Dr. Guru.
Seeing a lot of Kendrick Perkins hate on the timeline. Real NBA fans know that prime Perk was a PROBLEM pic.twitter.com/C6sNV6sr7G— Dr. Guru (@DrGuru23) June 17, 2020
Dr. Guru (who proclaims himself, “not a real doctor but a guru in everything”) was thrilled...
OMGGG KEVIN MF DURANT JUST RETWEETED MY TWEET pic.twitter.com/xJhcMq3NK5— Dr. Guru (@DrGuru23) June 17, 2020
And no, it STILL wasn’t over, even then. Chandler came back to the Internet a little after 10 p.m. If there was any doubt that Chandler’s earlier barbs were directed at Perkins, he cleared that up!
If you got something to say, say it. Don’t threatening us with gossip.— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) June 18, 2020
As Michael Grady tweeted, “Maaan, today has been too much.” Or as our Billy Reinhardt noted...
I’m thoroughly enjoying the Nets-Kendrick Perkins rivalry.— Billy Reinhardt (@BillyReinhardt) June 17, 2020
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Wilson Chandler all right in the middle of it.
On Thursday, in an interview with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, Perkins admitted he was wrong. “At the time was it appropriate,” asked Perkins. “Absolutely not. Now thinking back on it, no.” He also said he’d like to make peace with Chandler. (Who wouldn’t?)
- Kendrick Perkins Apologizes for Kyrie Irving ‘Bird’ Comment (Video) - Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson - Heavy.com
- Kyrie Irving wouldn’t be the first player to suggest players form their own league - Frank Urbina - Hoopshype
- For Kendrick Perkins, Kyrie Irving and the Nets, it’s time to squash the beef - Kristian Winfield - New York Daily News
- Kevin Durant: Kendrick Perkins is a ‘sell out’ for Kyrie Irving critique - Mollie Walker - New York Post
- Kyrie Irving is ‘ruffling feathers for no reason’ with NBA restart concerns - Zach Braziller - New York Post