New York Daily News, Kendrick Perkins has openly stated that his current Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook is not as skilled as former Celtic teammate and best friend Rajon Rondo in terms of his abilities to create plays as a point guard. However, no direct quotes were provided in the article so it's unclear as to where the journalist who wrote it got his information. For Perk's sake, I hope he can develop a good chemistry with OKC since he is surrounded by a lot of extremely talented players. But it seems obvious that even though Perkins' body is in OKC, his heart is still in Boston.
As much as coach Scott Brooks chafes at GM Sam Presti's meddling, his presence in the locker room, and his demands that the Thunder continue to improve from within, the organization is a lot more concerned with how Kendrick Perkins treats Russell Westbrook.
After arriving from the Celtics last season and being looked at as the veteran leader Oklahoma City needed to take the next step to compete for a title, Perkins went hard at Westbrook with his verbal criticisms, often saying that the Thunder's playmaker couldn't match Rajon Rondo as a playmaker. Those words didn't sit well with Westbrook, who already had been criticized for shooting too much and was the subject of a benching heard-round-the-NBA when the Thunder played the Mavs in June.
The Thunder gave Perkins a new four-year deal worth $35 million, so the team is committed to him. But it would like him to ease up on Westbrook. A lot.Danielle Hobeika 9/18/2011 01:11:00 AM Tweet Edit