Perk plead not guilty to his Texas charges: “Oklahoma City Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 30. According to documents released to The Associated Press on Thursday after an open records request, Perkins entered his plea by mail through attorney Langston Adams. He was arrested just after 2 a.m. Saturday in Beaumont, Texas, where an event for his charitable foundation was being held.”
Henry Abbott of TrueHoop on the league’s best finishers at the rim: “For instance, you can look up Kevin Durant, and then see how he finishes at the rim, from three to nine feet, from ten to fifteen feet, from fifteen to 23 feet, and from 3-point land. That can quickly get interesting. If you looked up that particular thing, for instance, you’d notice that Durant made 217 of his 281 attempts at the rim last season, for a mighty 77 percent. That seems high, right? How high?” Keep Reading…
Yeah, yeah, these games aren’t going to happen, but here you go anyway: The Thunder’s 2011 preseason schedule. It’s not like these things really mattered anyway. (All times Central.)
Oct. 12: at Utah, 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 14: vs. Charlotte, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 16: at Dallas, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 17: vs. New Orleans (in Wichita), 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 21: vs. Denver (in Tulsa), 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Phoenix, 5:00 p.m.
Oct. 27: vs. San Antonio, 7:00 p.m.
The Thunder is set to open the regular season on the road Nov. 1 in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
A report says Daequan Cook is being pursued by a Spanish team. Of course he’s a restricted free agent but the Thunder did extend him a qualifying offer. The Spanish team evidently wants him for the entire season with no NBA opt-out.
Trey Kerby of TBJ lists 10 frontcourt players on the verge: “Ibaka is straight-up shredded and seems to be made of only muscle. Kudos. One thing that’s undeniable about Serge is his ability to reject opposing players. In a mere 27 minutes per game last season, Ibaka led the league in total blocks (198) and finished third in blocks per game (2.4). He’s simply a machine, and when he gets starter minutes he’ll be the most intimidating post defender not named Dwight Howard.” Keep Reading…
Kevin Durant’s got some options right now. His agent recently said the Thunder superstar was exploring situations in Spain, Turkey and Russia.
Well, the Russia thing just got a bit more interesting. Because we have an offer. According to Championat.com, via HoopsHype, Russian superpower CSKA Moscow is in talks with Durant’s representation for a deal worth around $1 million per month. Not too bad.
If you recall, Kobe’s reported offer from China is for something like $1.5 million. So Durant obviously is carrying a similar global reputation. Deron Williams’ Turkish deal was only for $250,000 a month. Take that, Zach Lowe. (Only kidding.) Keep Reading…
I had this in today’s Bolts, but I feel like both sides of the story need to be heard. We already know what police are saying and we know about Kendrick Perkins’ initial denial. But more information and details are surfacing.
Really for Perk, his weekend arrest really didn’t carry much of any punishment. It was just a misdemeanor charge, he got out on $150 bail and with a little community service, I’m sure he’ll be able to move past whatever happened at a bar in his hometown of Beaumont, TX.
But Perk sees the punishment of public perception and embarrassment as too much to ignore. Which is why he’s going on the offensive.
Again, Tuesday he denied claims made by police after his arrest for public intoxication. Through a lawyer’s statement, Perkins claims he was actually injured during whatever happened and even considered a police brutality complaint. And now, there’s more. Via the Oklahoman, a publicist for Perkins says he was only having water at the bar and there are witnesses to verify it.
“Although these may be misdemeanors, it’s a big deal to Kendrick,” said Denise White, his publicist. “He’s not happy about how things happened that evening and feels like the police were out of hand … He was not drinking alcohol, nor was he intoxicated. Not one drop of alcohol Friday night. We’re not sure why they said Kendrick was intoxicated. There are witnesses inside the club that will attest to Kendrick only drinking water that evening.”
How can we be sure about this? We can’t, because evidently police did not administer a breathalyzer or take a blood test. And if you’ve ever heard Perk talk, it might be kind of difficult to tell if he’s been drinking or not. That slow Texas drawl makes it sound like he’s slurring everything. I mean, doesn’t it seem a bit strange that he was arrested for public intoxication and they didn’t actually prove he was intoxicated? Does to me. Keep Reading…
Even with his league locked out, Kevin Durant has still had himself quite a busy summer. He went to China. He’s torn up every pro-am league from coast-to-coast. He got some new ink. He’s made appearances, helped at camps, hosted camps and of course, worked tirelessly on his game.
He needs a vacation. So he’s asking for your help. Last night, he tweeted: “I gotta take a vacation one of these days…any suggestions?”
OK then, well here are a few from me and knowing KD’s interests and what he’s probably looking for, I think they’re pretty good. Keep Reading…
Zach Lowe of SI finishes his top 100 and ranks KD No. 8: “Durant sits at No. 8 because the players ahead of him are amazing, and because he still has work to do — and he knows it. His off-the-dribble game is shaky, meaning he often relies on his teammates to pass him the ball in the right place. The league’s elite wing defenders, especially physical guys like Tony Allen, can deny Durant the ball and bump him off his preferred path, mucking up entire possessions. This is one reason the Thunder’s late-game offense produced such cruddy shots in big moments.” Of note: The three in front of Durant on Lowe’s list: Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Kobe. I’ll let you guys yell about this for me.
Perk’s publicist to The Oklahoman, trying to clear his name: “Although these may be misdemeanors, it’s a big deal to Kendrick,” said Denise White. “He’s not happy about how things happened that evening and feels like the police were out of hand … He was not drinking alcohol, nor was he intoxicated. Not one drop of alcohol Friday night. We’re not sure why they said Kendrick was intoxicated. There are witnesses inside the club that will attest to Kendrick only drinking water that evening.” Keep Reading…