Thunder center Kendrick Perkins sat down with ESPN.com’s SportsNation today and answered fans’ questions on a variety of topics. You can read the full chat here. But here are some of the more interesting things Perkins discussed.
On how close the Thunder is to winning a title and what is needed that wasn’t there last year:
I think we’re really close to winning the championship. We just lacked a little experience this year. We’re very close. We just have to stay home and keep on with the hard work. The sky is the limit. We have a big scorer in Kevin Durant. We have an all-star in Russell. As long as guys keep working and staying together, we’ll be good.
On whether he’s looking to play overseas:
Yeah, I thought about it. I’m just trying to decide. I’m waiting to see how far they’ll go with the lockout. It’s all timing. It will come time to decide. I have thought about it.
On how his knees are feeling:
I’ve been working hard this summer. They feel great. I’m definitely going to try to get back to my early stages before getting hurt. I’ll be playing without my braces. I’m excited to get back out on the court.
On what he likes most about being with the Thunder:
I love the city. I love the young group of guys. I love the organization, how they carry themselves. It’s a first class organization in everything they do. The guys work hard to give back and try to win for the city. It’s amazing to me. It’s a good feeling to have a young team that wants to win like those guys do.
On whether he’ll join other Thunder players in Lexington for voluntary workouts next week:
I’m doing my own workouts, but I’ll be there. We are scheduled to be in Lexington as a team. Us players will be out there working out at the University of Kentucky.
On what he’s focusing on improving this off-season:
I just want to get better with being able to finish with either hand. I’ve been working my left a lot. Strengthing my legs. So I won’t have to wear those big dumb knee braces…Oh, and my 15-foot jumpshot I’ve been working on.
We also learn that the Dallas Cowboys are Perk’s favorite NFL team and the Boston Red Sox are his favorite MLB team. Perk also says he determines how he wears his facial hair by the mood he’s in and added that sometimes he might blame a poor performance on it and cut it because of that. So there.