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Berry Tramel: We've waited three years for Kendrick Perkins; another 2-3 weeks won't hurt

by Berry Tramel Modified: February 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm •  Published: February 26, 2011

But let's also not worry that Perkins is still crying over leaving the Celtics, the only team for whom he's played since his high school days in Beaumont, Texas.

Perkins said he's now committed to Thunder blue. Said he tossed his Celtic green sneakers into the trash Saturday and wouldn't even accept a green medicine ball from a Thunder staffer.

"I couldn't find a better situation for myself," Perkins said of the Thunder. "Great organization. Hopefully, we can work something out. They are the first option."

That quote at least can warm your heart Sunday when Bynum and Gasol are dropping ball after ball into the basket.

Perkins told Boston media he recently turned down a four-year, $22-million contract extension offer from the Celtics, who were constrained by the payroll cap. He also told Boston media that a four-year offer in the neighborhood of $30 million would be a "big difference."

If that's the truth, I feel better. I think the Thunder can afford $7.5 million a year for a difference-making center, and pay no attention to Perkins' offensive numbers. A difference-maker is what he is.

Just not Sunday against the Lakers, against whom he's needed most. We'll have to wait a little longer.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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