Originally posted on NBA 24/7 365  |  Last updated 9/17/12

It’s only been about three months since Miami defeated Oklahoma City in the NBA Finals, but a lot has changed in the Western Conference.  By a lot, I mean the Los Angeles Lakers.  As you know, the Purple & Gold have added a bushel of current and former All-Stars.  These additions go by the names of Steve Nash, Antawn Jamison, and Dwight Howard, and many figure that they’ll help Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol make a triumphant return to championship contention.  As a matter of fact, I think a lot of folks have already narrowed it down to Lakers vs Heat… even though training camps won’t commence for another two weeks or so.

There are, however, those who don’t see it this way.  After all, the Thunder are the reigning Western Conference champs.  The Lakers, on the other hand, have experienced consecutive second-round exits.  By any line of thinking based solely on the status quo, one would have the Lakers chasing the Thunder, and the Thunder chasing the Heat.  Not surprisingly, Kendrick Perkins happens to be someone who believes in this status quo.  Via NewsOK.com…

“We are the Western Conference champs, so at the end of the day, we’re not chasing nobody except for the ring. We’re chasing Miami to get a championship. It’s no guarantee who is going to be where. But we earned the Western champs so we’re not chasing the Lakers, we’re chasing a championship and that’s what it’s about.”

Conveniently, the same ideology applies to his starting center position.  Via SBNation…

“We’re all teammates, but at the end of the day, the center position over here is mine and that’s the way we’re going to keep it. Any other way, backup minutes or whatever they want to go about, that’s their problem. Once I hit the court, I’m going to make it known – and it’s going to be known – that that’s mine.”

“It’s no beef, but at the end of the day, that’s what it is.”

My first thought?  Sounds a little funny coming from the mouth of a man who could be cut loose to make room for James Harden’s impending pay day.  My next thought?  This is why they play the games—to sort this sh!t out on the court.  My final thought?  Kendrick Perkins’ overconfidence remains one of the most unintentionally funny things in NBA basketball.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Jimmy Butler recruiting Kyle Lowry to the Timberwolves

WATCH: Tim Tebow didn't waste any time homering after promotion

Nolan Arenado throws out runner from seated position

NFL fans in Florida seem to like Tom Brady more than any of their three teams’ players

Austin Rivers responds to ‘false’ report about Chris Paul issues

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mayweather-McGregor fight is reportedly seeking a $10 million title sponsor

Kevin Durant laughs off Rockets’ acquisition of Chris Paul

Terry Francona wearing heart monitor in case of another 'episode'

Albert Almora denies flipping off President Donald Trump during White House visit

Nationals minor league team will give out ‘Ode to Tommy John’ figurines

Blazers post hilarious tweets after acquiring cash from Rockets

The 'You get a steal! You get a steal! Everybody gets a steal!' quiz

Rewriting the Hall of Fame rubric for today's pitchers

Top NBA free agents available

Box Score 6/28: New York loses its zen

Although you have seen this start before, this season is no sequel for the Dodgers

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

Who won Wimbledon the year you were born?

Box Score 6/27: Monday is for all sorts of ballers

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'You get a steal! You get a steal! Everybody gets a steal!' quiz

Rewriting the Hall of Fame rubric for today's pitchers

2017 is not another disappointing sequel for the Dodgers

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker