Kendrick Perkins sets the record straight on Kevin Durant feud
NBA media personality Kendrick Perkins opened up about his recent beef with former teammate Kevin Durant after the two traded barbs on Twitter months ago due to some re-emerging conversations of the latter’s exit from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Perkins went from throwing minor shade during his TV appearances to taking full-blown swings at Durant on social media.
“I’m all right with KD. He’s all right with me. … and … To me, we got too many nerds on TV,” Perkins told Joe Vardon of The Athletic, who ensured to say he didn’t ask specifically about Perkins’ Twitter antics.
“Full disclosure. We did not talk about Perkins’ Twitter feud with Durant until the 51-minute mark of the interview,” wrote Vardon. “Why? I think Twitter arguments are lame, and with Durant, not nearly as newsworthy as they are perceived, because he gets into trouble on there often. Perkins is a pretty spicy Twitter follow, too.”
Perkins slighted Durant by calling Russell Westbrook the best player in Thunder history, but he ensured to clear up what he meant by it, slugs aside.
“What people don’t understand is that KD thought I was shooting a slug at him — I wasn’t,” said the former NBA talent. “I was praising Russell Westbrook on his day. What people don’t understand is, Russ, to me, is the greatest Thunder of all time. Is he the best player to ever wear a Thunder jersey? No, that’s Kevin Durant. But Russell Westbrook is the greatest Thunder of all time.”
“In my opinion, I think that Kyle Lowry is the greatest Raptor of all time. Is he the best Raptor to ever put on the jersey? No, but he’s the greatest player in the franchise’s history. That’s my opinion, and KD was so caught up in thinking that I’m shooting a slug at him, which I wasn’t. At the end of the day, we had a little Twitter beef, but it ain’t nothing that we haven’t gotten past or anything to that nature.”
If that’s the case, then Perkins needs to check his Twitter, because he called Westbrook “the best player to wear a Thunder jersey” instead of the most merit-worthy player for the Thunder, which is what he meant to say.
While this could simply be Perk trying to clean up his own mess by clarifying, he surely didn’t hesitate to throw bombs once Durant felt slighted by his choice.