Kendrick Perkins is developing a wee bit of a reputation with referees. Partially, that reputation is due to his perennial scowl. Partially, it’s due to arguing just about any call that goes against him. Partially, it’s because refs can be assholes.
Whatever the reason for that reputation, Perkins thinks the last two technicals he’s received are unfair.
Via the Boston Globe:
Celtics center Kendrick Perkins said he will talk with NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Stu Jackson Thursday morning about rescinding his previous two technical fouls, including the one called by Zach Zarba in the second quarter of Wednesday’s 116-98 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Though Perk thinks his technicals aren’t worthy, Doc Rivers thinks his young big man needs to change his ways.
Via the Boston Herald:
“He’s just got to get better. I told him that at halftime,” said Rivers. “(Expletive), we cut it to nine points and then he gets a tech. I have no idea over what. He’s got to grow up. There’s no doubt about it. They’re going to listen to Kevin. They’re going to listen to Ray a little bit. They’re going to listen to Paul. They have to listen to Rasheed. They’re not going to listen to anyone else. That’s enough.”
“He does have a reputation, but you know how you get a reputation? You earn it. It’s not like they just give you one. The sad thing is he’s a great kid.”
Doc is right. With Perk, with Sheed, with all the Celtics, technical fouls have become a problem. For now, it’s not too big a deal (although Perk’s last night did stop momentum), but when the technicals start to pile up and all of a sudden Perk and Sheed are getting suspended for games, that’s when the Celtics’ tempers will be truly detrimental.
So Perk, Sheed, and everybody else have got to keep their tantrums in check for the sake of the team.
Plus, those goddamn refs have to stop being such assholes.