VIDEO: Blake Griffin’s hilarious reaction to Kendrick Perkins being called a ‘great player’
Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin doesn’t think Kendrick Perkins has enough credentials to criticize other NBA players. Well, he didn’t really say it, but his face did.
Perkins averaged 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and contributed a grand total of 27.9 Win Shares over 15 NBA seasons (not including playoffs). But rather than be heralded for his screen-setting, low-post defense or locker room presence, Perkins is known today as an ESPN analyst who spews ill-informed takes on current stars who are far better at basketball than he was.
Now, in a recent episode of GQ’s “The Drop In” interview series on Instagram Live, Griffin couldn’t hold back a chuckle at the sheer mention of Perkins’ name at the beginning of a discussion about players-turned-critical analysts.
“It’s funny to see like, Kendrick Perkins…” host Mark Anthony Green began, causing Griffin to immediately smirk.
“…Who was a great player, and is so critical of players,” the host continued, earning a properly perplexed reaction from Griffin.
Watch the exchange below and observe the reaction of the Pistons forward.
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Of course, it’s not the first time Griffin has showed a lack of respect for Perkins.
Earlier in the discussion, Griffin picked the winner of the Toronto Raptors-Boston Celtics series to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. He went with Boston as they were up 2-1 at the time. As for the West, he showed some love to his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers, to come out of the conference.
The six-time NBA All-Star also discussed Michael Jordan and “The Last Dance,” the state of his comedy career and volleyball game, dating, and what else he’s been up to during quarantine.
In general, Blake Griffin encouraged NBA fans — and analysts like Kendrick Perkins — to be gracious for players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant rather than look to criticize these all-world athletes so quickly.