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.
But wait, there's more.
“I just feel he is always looking for attention,” Perk said of LeBron to Yahoo! Sports, “and he wants the world to like him.”
Hey, could you blame LeBron for that?
I mean, the guy is one of the most hated athletes in professional sports. The fine folks at Forbes Magazine just released a list of the sportos who people hate most. These are athletes who scored the most “dislike,” “dislike somewhat” or “dislike a lot” responses.
LeBron was sixth.
He can take heart that he wasn't hated as much as Michael Vick or Tiger Woods, who tied for the top spot on the most-hated list. Then again, LeBron never spent time in federal prison for dogfighting or was accused of more affairs than Casanova.
But still, LeBron ranks No. 6 on the most-hated-athletes list because he's the bad guy who left Cleveland, the villain who took his talents to South Beach but still has just as many rings as he did before.
Dude needs a little love.
And really, who doesn't want the world to like them? Who wants to go around having everyone hate them? I mean, there are some dictators and Republican presidential candidates who seem intent on doing things that make people despise them, but most of us prefer friends to enemies, praises to obscenities, pats on the back to kicks in the backside.
Maybe it's just coincidence that all this has come up the week before Valentine's Day. There are flowers and chocolates to buy, dinner reservations to make and valentines to send.
You suppose Perk is going to send LeBron a valentine?
Doubtful, though when Miami comes to town next month, I suspect Perk might have a little something for him.