Perkins will be the first to say that he's starting with the man in the mirror.
He's heard his critics this offseason, and while he isn't making any vows to shut them up Perkins is using their criticism as fuel.
“One thing I learned, and I learned this from Kevin Garnett, is don't only read the good things about you,” Perkins said. “Read the negative things about you, too, and use it as motivation. I think that's when it comes to the point when you can be considered a real man, when you can look at both. Because most people will hide from criticism. I take it and I just kind of use it as motivation to get better … I'm ready to get back on the court.”
Perkins is confident in young players Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb stepping in and contributing more next season, saying they, like every one else, has gotten “a whole lot better.”
“I've been watching all the guys from top to bottom, man. Every guy has gotten better this summer,” Perkins said. “Every guy is working. Every guy is getting better. I'm watching guys improve.”
And while most of us focus our attention on whether the role players will be able to handle more responsibility, Perkins pointed to his leaders, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He expects even more out of them.
“What people don't understand is this is this is KD's sixth year, Russ' fifth year,” Perkins said. “Now, they're veterans. They've got enough experience. And it's Thabo (Sefolosha's) contract year, and you know how guys perform on their contract year. So at the end of the day we feel like we got enough to get it done.”