Kendrick Perkins talks the talk, walks the walk against Lakers

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 11, 2011

He locked horns with Kobe Bryant, all but putting the Lakers star in a headlock and then daring any Laker to do something about it. And he flustered Bynum so much that the Lakers' big man threw the ball in Perkins' chest. Perkins didn't budge. For his skirmish with Bryant, Perkins picked up his seventh technical foul since debuting with the Thunder on March 14.

“That's a good number,” said Thabo Sefolosha.

Said Serge Ibaka: “That's playoff mentality.”

Perkins explained his comments about Jackson and Gasol after the win over the Lakers.

“That was my opinion from the past battles that we've had in the past playoffs,” Perkins said. “It wasn't nothing that I said out of character or was too crazy. I just spoke my mind in a way. The thing is you've just got to back it up.”

Perkins has done plenty of that, too.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
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...
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