ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins lays into the Golden State Warriors, as he describes Klay Thompson as ‘PETTY’ before telling Steve Kerr’s men to ‘stop counting and start competing’ ahead of the playoffs next month
Kendrick Perkins has laid into the Golden State Warriors and their never-ending beef with the Memphis Grizzlies, as he let Steve Kerr’s men publicly know that they ‘need to stop counting’ their four most recent NBA titles and ‘start competing’ ahead of the NBA playoffs next month.
Asked ‘who looks more petty’ between Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks and Warriors veteran Klay Thompson, following their spat in the press last week, ‘Big Perk’ agreed that it was the latter and his teammates.
‘It’s Klay and the Golden State Warriors,’ Perkins said on ESPN’s First Take on Monday.
‘Here’s the thing and my message to the Golden State Warriors. They need to stop counting these four rings and start competing because when we look at them with the matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, every time they’ve matched up over the last couple of weeks, it’s been a spanking. And that’s been without Ja Morant.
‘So look, I understand and I respect the championships. You gotta respect it. Right? You can never take that away from a player or a team or an organization. But at the same time, the game is won between the lines right now and it’s [about] what you’re doing right now.’
Kendrick Perkins claims Klay Thompson and Warriors are ‘petty’ after latest beef with Grizzlies
Thompson and Brooks bumped heads during a timeout at FedExForum on Saturday evening
The Warriors, who rank as the seventh seed of the Western Conference, have largely been inconsistent since the All-Star break on February 17, losing nearly half (six) of the total amount of games played since then – 14.
In Steph Curry’s absence, Golden State’s lost twice to the Grizzlies.
The first Memphis win was on March 9 at FedEx Forum following trash talk between Brooks and Draymond Green in the media. Prior to the matchup, the Warriors forward called the Grizzlies guard a ‘clown’ and an idiot.
And things got physical in the 110-131 Grizzlies win when both players tussled on the court in the second quarter.
The second contest between both teams took place on March 18, with Memphis coming out on top, 119-133. Prior to that game, Thompson tore down Brooks’ legacy, predicting that when the Canadian retires, ‘I don’t think anyone will ever talk about [him] again. I promise you. It’s sweet right now, but wait 10 years.’
‘It’s friendly trash talk, but I just hold a lot of real estate over there in San Francisco,’ Brooks quipped after the win in Tennessee.
However, Perkins isn’t having any of the Warriors’ smoke, defending Brooks in the process.
‘We have seen the back and forth, not only with Klay [Thompson] and Dillon Brooks, but Dillon Brooks and Draymond Green. And so far, the Memphis Grizzlies and Dillon Brooks, they’ve been talking their talk and walking their walk.’
Brooks and Warriors’ Draymond Green almost fought in the 110-131 Grizzlies win on March 9
Green and Brooks have beef against each other on-and-off court, with Green once calling the Canadian a ‘clown’ and ‘idiot’
‘So I’m looking at the Golden State Warriors right now, who are horrible on the road. We’re coming up into the postseason. Their going to start off their season on the road and they need to get their act together.
‘But when I look at it right now, the Warriors are the ones that are being petty, especially Klay. If you’re gonna talk then do something about it. Don’t go in there and get a spanking.’
The Warriors and the Grizzlies will no longer matchup in the regular season, leaving potential room for a postseason rivalry to develop, if both teams make it past the first round.
As things stand, the Grizzlies lie above the Warriors, as the third seed of the Western Conference.