Kendrick Perkins vowed to come back in better shape.
This off-season, the Thunder’s center was completely committing himself to that cause. He wanted to wash out the taste of a season he deemed a personal disappointment from his mouth. He challenged himself to lose 20 pounds over the break and come back at 265.
Judging by the video below, Perkins looks better than ever. Take a look for yourself.
You can see Perk’s arms look trim and defined, his waist and midsection look to be as slim as ever and, perhaps most importantly, his agility and explosiveness looks to have returned. If that’s all true, look out. The Thunder could be an even bigger problem next season than people think.
Perkins’ resurgence could be the single most important factor in the Thunder’s success next season. If he’s healthy, OKC has a dominant low post defender who makes everything easier for everyone else defensively. His presence can alter a game defensively because of his ability to clog the paint and cut off high-percentage attempts.
And if the exercises seen in the video have been Perk’s routine, he clearly is dedicated to getting back to form and beyond. Although for some reason I couldn’t help but think of Cliff Huxtable while watching Perk do his treadmill work. At any rate, Perk is definitely someone to keep an eye on whenever this lockout ends.
Also, be sure to read Perk’s interview with Crave Online. I’ve never heard of Crave Online, but apparently they scored an interview somehow with the big man. There’s nothing great in it, but Perk has done very few interviews this off-season so getting his take on topics is definitely a change of pace. In the Q&A, Perk talks mostly about the lockout and weighs in on Bryant Gumbel’s remarks about NBA commissioner David Stern.
Bryant Gumbel is a respected reporter, and he spoke his mind. I don’t think anybody should be upset about it. Just because that’s his point of view, it doesn’t mean it’s true or that every player feels that way. It’s his opinion, and nobody told him to say it.”
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...