Kendrick Perkins rips LeBron James over Blake Griffin dunk tweets
Oklahoma City Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins ripped LeBron James Tuesday over his tweet praising Los Angeles Clipper Blake Griffin's monster dunk.
Thousands took to Twitter to comment on the slam last Monday, which saw Griffin rise up and over Perkins before powerfully throwing down, with many declaring it one of the greatest of all-time.
But Perkins seemed to only take issue with James' Twitter comment.
"Dunk of the Year! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!!! Wow! I guess I'm No. 2 now. Move over #6," the Heat star posted, referring to his own spectacular alley-oop dunk from a day earlier over the Bulls' John Lucas III.
"You don't see Kobe [Bryant] tweeting," Perkins told Yahoo! Sports Tuesday. "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."
Perkins said if Griffin challenged him again, he was not going to back down.
"If I was in the same position, in the same rotation, I'm going to jump again and again and again," Perkins said.
"I don't care. A lot of people are afraid of humiliation or don't know how to handle embarrassment or would even get embarrassed. I don't care.
"That's my job. How will my teammates look at me if next time I just back out the way and just let him dunk when I'm supposed to be defensive-minded, a shot-blocker? That would be a coward move on me. He'd just have to dunk on me again."
The dunk drew comparisons with Griffin's similar effort over the Knicks' Timofey Mozgov last season, and within minutes "Blake Griffin," "Kendrick Perkins," "#dunkoftheyear" and "Mozgov" were all trending nationally on Twitter.
Even NBA.com's Twitter account got in on the act, tweeting, "WOW!!!!!!!!! Perkins just got Mozgov'd by Blake Griffin."