It only took a couple minutes for Kendrick Perkins to scuffle with his new adversary, Tyson Chandler. The two tangled (or tuggled, right KJ?) in the first quarter, both picking up technical fouls.
Perk has always said he preps himself mentally by thinking of reasons to hate his opponent. Evidently he hasn’t had to do much thinking with Chandler. Because Perk flat out doesn’t like him. Via ESPN Dallas:
“Me and Tyson never got along. I’m serious,” said Perkins. “He don’t like me, I don’t like him and that’s pretty much how it’s been. Everybody always looks at me as kind of like a dirty player if you’re on the opposite team, but he’s just as dirty as anybody else.”
Chandler said he has no issue with Perk.
“I have nothing against him,” Chandler said of Perkins. “He won a championship with the Boston Celtics, and that’s where I’m trying to take my team. I mean, I’ve got respect for him, what he was able to accomplish. But all the chippy stuff, the after-the-ball stuff, that’s all nonsense and I’m not going to get involved with it.”
As Russ Bengtson tweeted, the bigger news would probably be if Perk DID like Chandler.
Perk does need to keep it in check though. He has four technical fouls this postseason and three more and he has to serve a one-game suspension. With each game this Dallas series goes, the more chances Perk with scuffle with Chandler. Because if Perk don’t like you, he’s going to let you know about it.