posted at 2/11/2011 7:02 PM EST
In Response to Re: Perkins
[QUOTE]I don't know what folks want. Really! This team needs a serviceable, defensive-minded center who can rebound. And most importantly, needs to be on the court. Before Perk returned, we had no consistency from that spot. NONE! Perk has been back only 9 games and is being forced to play WAY TOO MANY minutes than he should because all the other "so-called" better centers can't stay on the court. I will take someone like Perk over the long haul than a prima-dona center who is more into marketing himself than contibuting to the success of the team. If I hear " oh, he could play if it were a playoff game " one more time, I'm going to throw my laptop out the window. We won't be so happy if Perk decided in the offseason to sign with Miami as a free agent. Let's see if Semih could solidify that center position then. He isn't perfect, but he gives us more than any other center this season has because he can stay on the court.
Posted by Petey62[/QUOTE]
I don't always agree with Petey, but on Perkins, Pete is right. All the points he makes are solid, valid points and very accurate in terms of basketball truth and not just opinion. I think Perk's game appeals more to connoisseurs of basketball than to casual fans focused on stats, athleticism, and star power.
The only thing I would add is that I think Perk has improved his game and will continue to improve, especially his offense as he rounds into shape. I think having Shaq on the team is a huge plus for Perk as far as mentoring and learning. l You can learn a lot just by watching Shaq.
Remember, Perk is not in great shape yet, and he was never meant to play these kind of minutes coming back but is doing it because of the injuries to Shaq and Jo and Semi.
Certainly Perk does not deserve the amount of criticism he's been getting here on this board.
Are these some of the same posters who were saying last June, if only Perk hadn't got hurt we would have won the title? Probably.