The New Orleans Pelicans earned a hard-fought win against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night. Their win secured a full regular-season sweep against LeBron James and company, a very impressive feat.
Following the game in Los Angeles, Kendrick Perkins tweeted his admiration towards the Pelicans and their tenacity and unwavering success over the Lakers.
The Pelicans just put the Lakers out of their misery. That was a Big Time win for the Pelicans tonight! Everyone from New Orleans stay the hell outta of my mentions tonight and Carry the hell on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) April 2, 2022
The former NBA star and current ESPN analyst was more than happy to commend the Pelicans on their success. However, he didn’t seem to want to continue the conversation.
“Everyone from New Orleans stay the hell outta my mentions,” Perkins said. Pelicans fans didn’t listen, and replies flooded Perkins’ notifications to remind him of his take on the Lakers.
Ahead of the 2021-2022 NBA season, the ESPN analyst discussed the dynamic between LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis.
“I don’t want to hear about ‘Can it work?'” Perkins said. “I don’t want to hear that, it’s going to work. It instantly makes them the favorites to come out of the Western Conference.”
Twitter user @Quintssential tweeted the audio of Perkins as a reply to his tweet knocking the Lakers and admiring the Pelicans.
This you? pic.twitter.com/YhnXKKgksI
— 🏆 (@Quintssential) April 2, 2022
Of course, with such a star-studded roster, Perkins wasn’t the only one who thought the Lakers were a shoo-in for a strong postseason run.
Now, the Pelicans are two spots above the Lakers in the West and fighting for a spot in the postseason tournament. If New Orleans makes the playoffs and the Lakers don’t, it will be an NBA plot twist that nobody, especially Perkins, expected.