Oklahoma City Thunder: Another summer of injury rehabilitation for Kendrick Perkins
Thunder's big man wearing brace on wrist, targets Nov. 1 season opener for being completely healthy
This summer was more of the same for Kendrick Perkins, which unfortunately meant more rehab.
As a member of the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2010, Perkins recovered from ligament reconstruction and meniscus repair on his right knee.
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Last summer, after being traded to the Thunder the previous February, he recovered from a sprained MCL in his left knee that occurred days before the trade.
This summer, Perkins had surgery to his right groin on July 12 and surgery to repair a ligament tear in his left wrist on July 20.
Perkins wore a brace on his wrist Wednesday while participating in a Thunder Fit clinic at Deer Creek Middle School with rookie teammates Perry Jones and Hollis Thompson.
Perkins said he has no specific timetable as to when he might be fully recovered, but he has targeted the regular-season opener on Nov. 1 at San Antonio.
“Everything's going great,” the well-humored Perkins told reporters after the clinic. “I can't complain … well, I can because of these injuries, but I'm going to just keep pushing through it.”
Perkins said this summer's injuries were “more nagging than anything. My groin's fine. I'm getting better with my wrist, so we're just taking it day-by-day. One day you'll wake up and feel good, the next day you won't, so it's hard to say with the wrist. It's a three-month healing process (with the wrist). Thursday will make eight weeks for me.”
Last summer, the 6-foot-10 Perkins lost 30-plus pounds while rehabbing his knees. This summer, he has held steady at around 265 pounds. Perkins said he routinely spent Tuesdays through Fridays at the Thunder practice facility and Fridays through Mondays back home in Houston.
“Well, I couldn't help it,” Perkins said of maintaining his weight, crediting the Thunder's medical staff of Donnie Strack, Joe Sharpe and Dwight Daub. “They're going to make sure you're in the best shape, so I couldn't help but be in great shape.”
Despite the groin and wrist injuries, which both occurred in the postseason, Perkins remained in the lineup and didn't miss a single start.
“I didn't know my hand was that serious,” said Perkins, who is 27 years old and already entering his 10th NBA season. “I just tried to fight through it. I'm a guy that says, ‘Man, if I'm out there on the court, there's no excuses.'”
HOLDING ON TO HARDEN
Negotiations continue between Thunder general manager Sam Presti and shooting guard James Harden on a four-year contract extension that would commence next season.
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