OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins motivated to improve on last season's performance

Perkins admits he was displeased with last season, so he's dedicated the offseason to improving his game and developing his skills.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: August 11, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins, left, drives around Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 29, 2013 in Minneapolis. Pekovic led the Timberwolves with 22 points and 15 rebounds in their 101-93 win. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) ORG XMIT: MNJM106
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins, left, drives around Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 29, 2013 in Minneapolis. Pekovic led the Timberwolves with 22 points and 15 rebounds in their 101-93 win. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) ORG XMIT: MNJM106

The last time we heard from Kendrick Perkins he was telling us how excited he was to finally have a summer free of surgery.

A month later, Perkins underwent another surgery.

He had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last month, a procedure he confirmed was minor and insisted hasn't negatively affected him.

“It was just a scope, basically like a vacuum,” Perkins told The Oklahoman. “You go in and clean up unnecessary scar tissue that was there. It wasn't nothing serious. I was back on the court within two weeks. I haven't had any problems with it.”

That's good news for Perkins, his fans and his critics.

Perkins himself admitted that he was displeased with his performance last season. And so he's dedicated this offseason to developing his skills and improving his game.

“I've been working, man,” Perkins said. “Been in the gym and basically just working more in the weight room on my explosiveness and touch around the basket, hook shots and stuff like that. I've been shooting a lot of jumpers, making sure I make 300 a night. I'm just trying to prepare.”

Perkins' motivation is twofold. The Thunder's second-round exit last season still is fresh in his mind, and he knows he didn't help the team as much as he would have liked to. As for the former, the basketball world now seems to be overlooking the Thunder going into the 2013-14 season, something that isn't lost on the Thunder.

“They count us out,” Perkins said. “But at the end of the day we feel like each guy at the end of the season said we were going to come back better. So we feel like each guy just got to step their roles up a little bit more and step their games up and we feel like we can do that.”


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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