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Kendrick Perkins joined the Jim Rome Show on Wednesday afternoon and talked more about the infamous LeBron tweet, expanding on his words in a Yahoo! Sports report. (Hat tip to Daily Thunder's Royce Young and The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry for the link).
Keep in mind, these quotes are from before the Heat played the Magic on Wednesday night and before LeBron responded post-game so this might be considered old news.
"One thing about LeBron is that we came out the same year in the same high school class," Perkins told Rome. "I've got a lot of respect for him, no doubt. The guy is a talented, you know, just a great basketball player. A guy who's averaging 30 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, a guy who can just dominate the game."
After doling out compliments, Perkins then elaborated why he had an issue with LeBron's tweet.
"To me, it just bothered me that with the tweet, after the players ... like, why? You know, why? You don't see the Kobe Bryants or, you wouldn't see Michael Jordan tweet like that. It happened. Let it be.
"If it was on the other foot, I definitely wouldn't be tweeting it from another team. I'm not about to tweet 'Oh, JaVale McGee just dunked on such and such. Oh, wow.' No, I'm not on that, because me personally, if you don't bleed OKC or you're not a fan of Oklahoma City Thunder, I really don't care what kind of highlights that you got. That's what I don't understand.
"Do your job," Perkins went on to say. "Worry about the Heat. At the end of the day, I just don't understand it.
"One thing I learned about Kevin Garnett is that when you're on the team, like I told the guys in the locker room [in Oklahoma City], all we got is OKC. That's how we stick together. You'll never see none of our guys tweeting about any highlights that anybody does from around the league, because who don't care. Because at the end of the day, when OKC steps in the building, we're trying to beat you. We really don't care what you're doing."
Perkins went on to say that Kevin Durant, one of the NBA's most active players on Twitter, would never tweet about another player's dunk and that Durant would want to be the guy creating the highlight, not the one tweeting about it. You can listen to the entire Perkins interview with Rome here.
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