Kendrick Perkins questions David Griffin, says real problem with Cavs was Dan Gilbert
Former Cleveland Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins has been sending the Twitterverse into a frenzy in the past few weeks weeks. First, he sent a very strongly worded tweet bashing Steve Kerr’s remarks on Anthony Davis and how he ended up in Los Angeles. Then, he posed the question asking whether the attacking of LeBron James for participating in his kid’s layup line was race-related.
Now, Perkins’ latest target was current New Orleans Pelicans vice president and former Cavs general manager David Griffin.
Would Griff have any credibility if he wasn’t in the front office with Lebron on team? Griff for the last 2 years you praised Lebron for buying into the Culture in Cleveland and how professional he was and now your saying it’s inorganic?! Your real problem was Dan Gilbert!!! 💯👊🏾
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) August 1, 2019
There is some background needed to explain Perkins explosive reaction. Griffin, who was with the Cavs from 2010 to 2017, helped Cleveland win their first championship in 2016. However, Griffin left the team just one year after winning the championship and served as an analyst before joining the Pelicans.
He recently spoke on his experience in Cleveland and called their method “inorganic” and “unsustainable” — comments which got Perkins riled up:
“Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun. I was miserable,” Griffin said. “Literally the moment we won the championship I knew I was gonna leave. There was no way I was gonna stay for any amount of money.”
While he doesn’t mention LeBron James by name, this does seem like a veiled shot at the King. There were constant rumors that James was actually the one running the team, and all final decisions were either made by him or had to pass by him.
Perhaps Griffin didn’t want to deal with catering to a superstar and had to get out of Cleveland. Regardless, he won his championship and now he has a chance to take charge of a rebuilding team in New Orleans. He’s just going to have to stay clear of Kendrick Perkins.