OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins explains his national anthem absence

Thunder center has gone to restroom to “get my head together.” It was a ritual Perkins has been doing since his days with the Boston Celtics.
by Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: December 13, 2013
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Kendrick Perkins didn't mean any disrespect.

Really, he never thought it was a big deal.

 

But the Thunder center will now join his teammates when they line up on the court during the national anthem.

 

Before Friday's game against the Lakers, Perkins traditionally had exited the court and run back to the locker room just before the singing of The Star Spangled Banner. Starting with the Lakers game, however, Perkins said he will stick around for the anthem out of respect from now on.

 

“I didn't know people made a big deal about it,” Perkins said before Friday's game.

 

Perkins explained that his ritual was to visit the restroom during the anthem.

 

“I go in there and get my head together,” Perkins said. “Sometimes I be in there meditating a little bit and then I come out. But I'm going to be out there from now on, though.”

Perkins said he started the tradition during his Boston days. Fans in Oklahoma City, though, have begun noticing Perk's absence, and Perkins doesn't want his ritual to be a distraction.

“You know how you start a ritual and you just keep it going? That's pretty much how it was. I just get my head together; take a deep breath. If you're feeling some type of way, if you're too pumped up you go in there and just calm down a little bit. Stuff like that.”

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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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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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