There was talk after the Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated from the 2013 NBA Playoffs that the team should use their amnesty provision on their starting center, Kendrick Perkins. After the way that Perkins played in the postseason, averaging more fouls (3.5) than points (2.2) per game in the playoffs, it would be hard to blame the Thunder if they did choose to amnesty him.
However, OKC general manager Sam Presti was adamant that they were not going to amnesty Perkins and that he was going to be their center going forward. Not only was he adamant in saying that, but he followed through on his word as well with Perkins remaining under contract at the start of the Thunder’s preseason play.
The preseason is off to a shaky start for Perkins, though, and it has absolutely nothing to do with his performance on the floor or the fact that he dislocated his finger in OKC’s last game. On Thursday evening, KHOU.com reported that Perkins had been arrested on misdemeanor assault charges and was released after posting a $1,000 bond.
As if the center being arrested wasn’t bad news enough, the details surrounding his arrest are even more troubling. According to the report, the charges stem from an incident in July that happened outside of a nightclub in Houston. A young lady and her brother were leaving the club when their car had a minor collision with the car that Perkins was in. After a strange account of events, Perkins ended up punching the woman’s brother in the head and then proceeded to punch the lady in the face as well.
If you need to be told this, then I don’t know what to say to you, but a man laying his hands on a woman in any situation is simply unacceptable. If that account of the story is what actually happened, then Perkins deserves any criminal punishment that he receives.
From the Thunder’s perspective, though, this only has to decrease the value of Perkins going forward. Legitimately the only thing that he brings to this team at this point is post defense and toughness. He detracts from their offense, isn’t a great rebounder, and definitely isn’t the “veteran leader” of this team. With this recent news and the concerning details of his arrest, it has to feel like using their amnesty on him would have been the better move.
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