Perkins, undoubtedly the most vocal member of the Thunder, admitted that while the team prefers to fly under the radar it doesn't sit well with anyone in OKC that the Lakers are considered the team to beat. Kevin Durant, for example, might have concealed his true emotions when asked earlier this summer if he had any thoughts on the blockbuster trade and responded by saying: “Nah. I don't really care.”
Perkins is different.
“I'm a guy that will speak and tell you that I got a chip on my shoulder where KD might not tell you that he has one on his shoulder but he really do,” Perkins said. “Trust me, we're ready to get at it.”
After last year's heartbreaking Finals loss to Miami, the Thunder, Perkins said, is both more determined and better prepared to challenge for the championship this year.
“Now, we know what to expect,” Perkins said. “So it's less talking and more playing on my end. We know what to expect and we know what it takes. We know that it takes the little things and we'll be ready.”
Perkins points to the recent signings of coach Scott Brooks and Serge Ibaka, as well as the recovery of Eric Maynor from injury, as positives that took place for the Thunder this summer. Perkins says those developments will position the Thunder to be right back where it was last season — with or without his old nemesis now in Los Angeles.
“I don't like to brag and boast about what we got going on,” Perkins said. “But we'll see.”