HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – You can go ahead and cross Kendrick Perkins off of the Christmas card list at the James residence.
The Oklahoma City Thunder big man, still smarting from being posterized by Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin last week, lobbed a few shots at Miami Heat star LeBron James, who like the rest of us, reacted immediately on Twitter after seeing the dunk (above).
Of all the reactions to the dunk, Perkins was apparently most bothered by the reaction of James. More from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, who spoke with Perkins last night in Oakland:
Perkins respected Griffin for not making a spectacle of the dunk afterward or gloating about it. But he wasn’t too appreciative of LeBron James tweeting praise to Griffin.
Several NBA players commented about the dunk on Twitter and in media interviews, but the only one that bothered Perkins was James.
Shortly after the dunk, James tweeted, “Dunk of the Year! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!!! Wow! I guess I’m No. 2 now. Move over #6.” James was referring to his alley-oop dunk he threw down after jumping over Chicago Bulls guard John Lucas III a day earlier.
“You don’t see Kobe [Bryant] tweeting,” Perkins said. “You don’t see Michael Jordan tweeting. If you’re an elite player, plays like that don’t excite you. At the end of the day, the guys who are playing for the right reasons who are trying to win championships are not worrying about one play.
“They also are not tweeting about themselves talking about going down to No. 2. I just feel [James] is always looking for attention and he wants the world to like him.”
We understand that there is no love lost between James and Perkins, dating back to their days as rivals when they were both with other teams (James in Cleveland and Perkins in Boston).
But this has all sorts of interesting potential if the Thunder and Heat ever find their way to a matchup in the playoffs …