Oklahoma City Thunder preview: Kendrick Perkins is healthy? Brace yourself

By DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: December 18, 2011

The Thunder also out-rebounded opponents by 4.8 rebounds per game.

A half-healthy Perkins — who has admitted he wasn't even near 60 percent — was enough to help carry the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals. A fully healthy Perkins is now determined to do more.

“He looks good, man,” said guard Royal Ivey. “He worked hard this summer. He got his weight down and he's no longer wearing the knee braces. He's out there making post moves and jumping and looking athletic. And that's really going to help us. Around the basket he's finishing and he's hitting the mid-range jumper. So he's looking real, real good. He's healthy now and that's a plus for us.”

Perkins entered the off-season aiming to lose 20 pounds. He lost 31, trimming down to 267 pounds from 298 and transforming his body into a leaner, more chiseled physique.

“I feel good,” Perkins said. “Just going through training camp these few days, it's been good. God has been good. I can't lie. I'm just trying to stay humble and keep working and maintain. I feel like I still got a ways to go. I'm still trying to get better as the season goes on.”

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