Part three of “30 Minutes with Perk,” like any good trilogy, is also the longest of the three interviews. However, don’t worry we aren’t going to pull a “Return of the King,” on you and keep ending the movie over and over before it really ends. Also, if you’re visiting from ESPN’s Truehoop, or some other outlet check out part’s one and two.
PIAB: You’ve been in this league for going on five seasons now, which teammates, because you’ve had a lot of teammates, would you consider influential to your career?
PERK: Paul, Walter McCarty, Ricky Davis, I can’t lie Ricky Davis, Antoine did, Gary Payton did. Who else? Tony Battie was pretty cool too, I ain’t gonna lie Tony Battie was real cool.
PIAB: They just kind of helped showed you the ropes…What to watch out for?
PERK: Yeah just you know the women side of it, the club side of it, the basketball side of it. How to be a true professional and just stuff like that, nothing major. They helped me a lot.
PIAB: Right, because there is a lot of other things that go on besides basketball when you play in the NBA I’d imagine. When you’re out in public do you ever feel like you’re on display, I mean you stand out in a crowd.
PERK: Um, it all depends man. It depends on how you carry yourself. If you’re out there extra flashy yeah, but I think if you out there just being cool, down to earth people, you know I don’t think nobody will really mess with you like that. But if you being too flashy, throwing money here, throwing money there. But if you just being humble and staying the same person that you is then you know everything else will be pretty cool.
PIAB: So, when you talk to the rookies what do you tell them when they come into the league. Do you ever take them under your wing and say ‘Hey this is how it is?’
PERK: Yeah I talk to them all the time lay some on them a few things, you know the in’s and out’s. Especially our rookies, now, man I love our rookies now, man, probably some of the best rookies I ever had as far as listening. They don’t ever talk back, always trying to take it in. You know what I mean? For real.
PIAB: Any guys in particular you really enjoy? I know you like B. Wallace.
PERK: Love B. Wallace. I love Big Baby. Gabe, I love Gabe too. I mean them three, for real. I also loved Jackie too before they cut him. I loved Jackie.
PIAB: You must be happy that Wallace stuck on the team?
PIAB: Where you worried that he was going to be cut?
PERK: Yeah in a way I was. But I always thought he was pretty solid. I like what he did, he showed something today too.
PIAB: How about that fifteenth spot are we going to pick up anybody? Any chatter in the locker room?
PERK: I don’t know.
PIAB: Is Antoine coming back?
PERK: Naw, I don’t see that.
PIAB: Have you talked to Al yet about this trade?
PERK: I know Al is about to get paid a mint.
PIAB: Yeah, I heard he’s about to get what like $50 million.
PERK: No, more I think.
PIAB: Yeah, he better buy you dinner.
PERK: I heard something like $71 or $72 (million). (editors note: published reports have put the total amount of the contract Al Jefferson signed at around $65 million)
PIAB: Damn. It’s good to be big huh.
Worth $60 million
PERK: Mmm hmm. Average a double-double he deserves it.
PIAB: Is that sort of like what you got to hit in this league to get paid as a big man?
PERK: No, not really. You just got to be productive.
PIAB: So then what’s the difference between Al and say an Anderson Varejao who wants like $60 million from the Cavs?
PERK: A big difference. I mean, Varejao, where’s he getting $60 million at? Al getting 71 you could say he’s worth it. He’s gonna consistently give you a double-double every night – A high double-double. So he’s gonna be a 20 and 10 guy every night. So every night you could depend on Al to give you 20 points and 10 rebounds, you can’t do that with Varejao. You can’t depend on him to do that.
Not so much
PIAB: How hard is it really to get a double-double? You hear about it a lot in this level.
PERK: It all depends on who you play on the side of, where you play on the court cause I’m the type of guy, I’m always challenging shots and we got great rebounders on our team. I’m talking about like, not including Garnett, I’m talking about Paul and Rondo. Like Rondo rebounds at the point guard, which is really huge so, while I’m in there clearing out space I get them (rebounds) when they come my way but other then that I’m not a guy that’s gonna chase them and fight people down for rebounds never will, never have been.
PIAB: Yeah, I noticed KG doesn’t like to share the rebounds. He likes to grab em.
PERK: That’s a good thing. That’s what a four (power forward) is supposed to do. Grab rebounds and give you buckets and KG can play defense so that helps like, the man can do so much at the same time.
PIAB: He had a couple nice blocks against Lebron the other night.
PERK: Yeah but they were called back for goaltending.
PIAB: You blocked Lebron before right?
PERK: Yeah once.
PIAB: I think we got a picture of that on the web site.
Beef Stallone: Oh yeah.
PIAB: Do you ever go in and say I want to block this guy tonight?
PERK: No, I don’t ever. I just be going in there to play. You just gotta like pick and chose when you. If you know you can’t get the shot then you know sometimes it’s just best to get your body there and keep- your hands up.
PIAB: What’s the secret of a good block?
PERK: It’s just all timing. But you know in the NBA it’s hard to block shots because everybody’s so talented. You know guards work on stuff so you can’t block their shots. You know what I’m saying? Right you feel me.
PIAB: You mean like putting their body into you, shooting with their arms fully extended…
PERK: Floaters and all types, right.
PIAB: Who’s the hardest to block on the team, because we know you’ve tattooed a few shots in practice.
PERK: A healthy TA (Tony Allen) is not easy. Not at all.
PIAB: Do you think TA did the right thing in not signing a new deal? Was that a smart thing?
PERK: I don’t think they put an offer on the table I don’t think it’s more his decision and more of the team’s decision. I think he’s gonna have to play this year, you know contribute, play his best basketball and at the end of the season whatever happens happens.
PIAB: You gotta pull for a guy like that.
PERK: Yeah, you got to. I love TA to death.
PIAB: He’s a good kid?
PERK: A real good kid.
PIAB: He’s a real good player when he’s on too. You can sort of tell when Tony’s on though right?
PERK: Yeah, all day.
PIAB: Because he just goes down and barrels in.
PIAB: So, how much do you hate this flopping charge call that they love to call in the NBA?
PERK: I mean its hard to deal with but when you got guys on your team that does it and get away with it and get the ball for you then you really can’t complain. Like Posey does a good job of taking charges all day, people call it flopping, but he ends up getting the ball back for us so that’s all that matters. We got a saying on our team “Get the ball, don’t give up the ball.”
PIAB: Is it just everything is different this year? Is anything held over in terms of philosophy? You guys are playing the same offense right?
PERK: We got the same offense. I don’t think it was the offense from the get go that was the problem.
PIAB: Was it just the commitment or was it the defense, or was it just people not buying into the system?
PERK: It was people not buying into the system. You know everybody had. You see you got guys right now where everybody has the same agenda. Where last year you had guys, where everybody had a different agenda. A guy was saying “I’m gonna go out and get 30,” instead of winning the game and this year they guys are just saying “I’m gonna go out there and lock down on such and such and we about to get this win.” You see what I’m saying we don’t have nobody who trying to fight for no contract or none of that. Everybody just here to win.
PIAB: It must be a good feeling?
PERK: Yeah it is.
PIAB: You were a player before you came into this league and then you had to have your growing pains. Are you the player you were coming into the league now. Is this your game right now, are we seeing the real Kendrick Perkins now?
PERK: Yeah somewhat. I still got a ways to go offensively but I’m still learning stuff from KG everyday, working on my game hard. Getting better at what I do. So I think it will come in due time.
PIAB: You had a couple nice moves against Ilgauskas the other night.
PERK: Yeah I’ve been trying to work on it, just being relaxed on the court and get the job done.
PIAB: Do you guys have offensive plays because it looks like you guys have a philosophy more than plays, like the high weave, work it around.
PERK: Yeah I mean just ball movement. I mean it’s something like the Princeton offense, constant motion, a lot of decoys and stuff to get guys open shots. I mean, we got three Iso(lation) plays. We got a lot of ISO players but we just better when we play as a team.
PIAB: So that’s not a set play when Garnett dumps it down to you for the dunk?
PERK: No, that’s just coming out of the offense. That’s why I say Doc’s got some wonderful plays because he knows how to set guys up to get the ball where they need to get the ball in, you know to score the basket.
PIAB: You must be loving the wide open dunks?
PERK: Yeah I like it (he laughs).
PIAB: You gotta start putting some names on them babies.
PIAB: You ever get hit in the head with any of those passes from KG?
PERK: No, I manage to catch all of his passes. He put em’ to you where you got no choice but to catch em’.
PIAB: So we were wondering musically. What’s in your IPOD?
PERK: It’s all L’il Wayne, a little Jim Jones, um UGK for sure, TI.
PIAB: So you’re a real hip hop guy? Is there any music that we’d find surprising?
PIAB: There’s no country music or surprises.
PERK: No, there’s no surprises in there.
PIAB: You’re Texas but you’re not country.
PERK: Not at all. I mean, I talk country, but that’s about it.
PIAB: Is Big Al country?
PERK: Yeah, Mississippi is, man, way more country than Texas.
PIAB: Last question if you weren’t a baller what would you be.
PERK: Actually when I was growing up I wanted to be a police officer. At first it was a lawyer until I heard how much they had to go to school and naw I don’t know I just wanted to be a police officer, I don’t know why.
PIAB: I guess you didn’t have to think about it to long.