Trey Kerby of TBJ on Perk: “I really love the idea that Kendrick Perkins, a professional basketball player, will not talk about basketball with anyone for fear of breaking up his team’s locker room. His wife, his kids, the guy who sells him tanktops and plaid shorts, Eric at the diner, the girl who brought him his buffalo wings, his parents, his teammates — none of them get basketball talk from Kendrick Perkins because he knows what that can do to a team’s chemistry. Just a very Kendrick Perkins way of life.”
How would Thunder players have handled entering the draft with this lockout looming?: “I’d still leave, but you’ve got to weigh the options, talk to a lot of different people,” Durant said. “I know in my situation, I would want to leave. I would have done it, but it’s tough for guys who are late first- or early second(-round picks).”
People are trying to compare Dirk’s Game 4 to MJ’s Flu Game. That’s stupid.
Cole Aldrich is back at KU working a basketball camp: “Gregarious former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich flashed a big smile as he fielded 15 minutes worth of questions from Bill Self’s 700 basketball campers Monday afternoon in Horejsi Center. Still missing was the front tooth that popped out in a game against Kansas State way back on Feb, 14, 2009, at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. “It makes me look tough,” joked the 6-foot-11, 245-pounder, who just finished his rookie season with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.”
The Thunder are doing big things for OKC: “But Mike Carrier, head of the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, told Lackmeyer that even if that season total of about $60 million were doubled, it wouldn’t match the intangible impact of the Thunder, whose profile only continues to grow. Frequent mentions on national sportscasts throughout the playoffs, and ad campaigns such as that featuring Durant provide the sort of PR that “you can’t buy,” Carrier said. And let’s not forget, the NBA is a global brand, so Oklahoma City is gaining exposure around the world.”