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OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins excused from Thunder after his grandfather's death

Oklahoma City's starting center did not travel with the team on its three-game road trip so that he could be with his family.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 13, 2013


Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins did not travel with the team on its three-game road trip so that he could be with his family following the death of his grandfather.

Perkins missed Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers and will miss Thursday's game at Golden State. He could rejoin the team for Saturday's game at Milwaukee.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Perk and his family as they go through this time,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “But whether he needs more time, we don't know yet. It's just the next couple of games.”

Steven Adams started in place of Perkins on Wednesday.

“I'm comfortable with him getting out there playing with the starting lineup,” Brooks said. “He's been with that lineup a few times during games and sometimes in practice. But no matter who we have out there, guys have confidence in executing what we work on every day. I think it's going to be a great opportunity for him.”

Adams, who had averaged 1.7 minutes more than Perkins through the first six games, said his goal while in the first string is to keep things simple.

“Nothing is going to change,” Adams said. “It's just now it's kind of like going out there and setting the tone; being with the starting five and making sure we set the bar.”


Russell Westbrook celebrated his 25th birthday in his hometown of Los Angeles on Tuesday night, a rare opportunity due to the cross-country travel that comes with playing an NBA season.

And because the team moved its shootaround from its customary location at an area high school, Westbrook also got to go through a team practice Wednesday morning on the campus of his alma mater, UCLA.

“It's always good to come back to UCLA,” Westbrook said. “I was here a lot in the summertime. But it's great weather and a great campus.”

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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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