Kendrick Perkins is… how do you say… intense. That intensity leads him to get into some dust-ups and pick up some technical fouls. Some might consider that problem. Perk is not one of them.
“I love it,” Perkins said of the intensity that fuels him and his team. “I love how we fight and how we’re competing. Every game is like a playoff game. Guys are giving us our best shots, and we’re pushing forward.”
Doc Rivers, however, doesn't love it.
“He has not listened to me so far,” Rivers said of Perkins. “He’s the one guy I think emotionally when he starts getting involved with other guys and getting techs, it affects his game. He has to be better at that. He still doesn’t understand that just because a guy is trash-talking to you, not talking to him is a sure strength more than responding. What do you need to respond for? Just play.”
I love Perk, but he's got to learn when to tone it down. Intensity and aggressiveness is great… until it costs the team. When he's playing his best, Perk makes this team unbeatable because he can defend the basket and clean up some offensive boards. But not keeping his emotions in check can lead to early fouls and easy points for the other team. That's nothing new… and that might be the worst part.
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