OKC Thunder's Kendrick Perkins: Winning with Boston was fun; Winning with the Thunder really fun

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: May 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm •  Published: May 16, 2011
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Very few players have been in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference finals. Does this one feel any different because you're closer to home (Beaumont, Texas)?

"Yeah, it does. As soon as we won last night, I got all kinds of phone calls about tickets so it made me feel close to home. One thing I can say, when I was in Boston, it was fun. But last night, it was real fun. Being around a group of guys – KD (Kevin Durant), who's just a great guy – and then just to see all the (fans react), it was just unbelievable. I'm just happy to be a part of it."

You and center Nazr Mohammed are the only two Thunder players who have reached this point in the playoffs. What advice will you share?

"There's only four teams still playing. Embrace the moment, but take advantage of it. Just don't take it for granted and keep working."

How big of an adjustment will it be from facing a team that packs the paint in Memphis to facing a team that spreads the court and loves the 3-pointer in Dallas?

"It'll be a huge test for us, but I think that's what the playoffs are all about – adjustments. As we try to get further, the more we try to accomplish, it's only going to get harder."

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