Larry Bird: 'I feel bad for Oklahoma'

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 9, 2013

This is the second straight summer that Perkins underwent surgery after saying he wouldn't require it. Last July, Perkins had surgery to repair a partially torn right groin that plagued him throughout the 2012 postseason. He had previously said the injury wouldn't require surgery. One week later, Perkins had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Perkins also sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in February 2011 and had surgery in July 2010 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The latest procedure, which was performed in Oklahoma City, was done during what is customarily downtime for Perkins so that it wouldn't interfere with his workout schedule.

Perkins, 28, averaged 4.2 points, six rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocked shots last season. His postseason production dipped to 2.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.5 blocks.

THUNDER UNVEILS HONORARY T-SHIRTS

The Thunder wore white T-shirt-styled jerseys for Tuesday's game. They had an outline of the state of Oklahoma on the front with a Thunder logo in the center of the state.

The jerseys were in honor of those impacted by the May tornadoes and were intended to represent the strength and resiliency of the Oklahoma community.

The only problem was the Thunder struggled through three quarters in them and trailed by 11 heading into the final period.

“I loved them,” said Thunder coach Rex Kalamian. “But I thought the first three quarters they didn't work for us because we were like 1-for-11 (from the 3-point line). And then it seemed like the fourth quarter we got used to the uniforms and started making some 3s.”

TIP-INS

After making eight of 13 3-pointers through the first two days, Thunder forward Grant Jerrett missed all four of his 3-point attempts Tuesday. … Thunder center Steven Adams scored 11 points with six rebounds in 32 minutes Tuesday. … Jeremy Lamb (rest) and Daniel Orton (mild concussion) did not play Tuesday.

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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