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Kendrick Perkins offers one more reason why LeBron James made the 'most hated athletes' list

COMMENTARY — Thunder center Kendrick Perkins says LeBron James took to Twitter to comment on Blake Griffin's dunk because “he wants the world to like him.”
by Jenni Carlson Published: February 8, 2012
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Kendrick Perkins thinks LeBron James wants to be loved.

Um, who doesn't want a little love?

The Blake-Posterized-Perk Saga took another turn Wednesday. Even though Blake Griffin threw down a thunderous slam over the Thunder big man a week ago, the shock waves continue.

Yahoo! Sports talked to Perk about the episode on Tuesday when the Thunder was in Oakland to play the Warriors, then Perk went on The Jim Rome Show to talk about it some more Wednesday. Much of what he said echoed what he told our man Darnell Mayberry last week. That getting dunked on is an occupational hazard when you're a shot blocker. That Griffin made a great play. That he'd challenge Big Blake again if given the chance.

But then, Perk admitted he was none too pleased with other NBA players who took to Twitter and commented about the dunk. He especially took exception to LeBron.

Here's what LeBron tweeted after the dunk: “Dunk of the Year! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!!! Wow! I guess I'm No. 2 now. Move over #6.”

James was referring to an alley-oop dunk he'd thrown down over Bulls guard John Lucas III the day before.

Here's what Perk said to Yahoo! Sports about all of that: “You don't see Kobe tweeting. You don't see Michael Jordan tweeting. If you're an elite player, plays like that don't excite you. At the end of the day, the guys who are playing for the right reasons, who are trying to win championships are not worrying about one play.

“They also are not tweeting about themselves, talking about going down to No. 2.”

Valid points, for sure.

And by the way, I don't think Perk was criticizing players for being on Twitter. Most of his teammates are on it. He was on it for awhile during the preseason, then decided it wasn't his thing. It seems like his issue is a player using Twitter — or any medium — to demonstrate a me-first attitude instead of a team-first one.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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