[The Athletic] - And that’s the other thing for Perkins as a broadcaster. His style is unrefined — “too many nerds” he is not — and he’s embracing it.
“I am a student of the game, and I didn’t take the route that every other player usually takes,” Perkins said. “The thing is, I don’t go in the books, trying to extend my vocabulary and read different words. I could just relate with different people. If I don’t speak correct English, so what? That’s what it is now. Sometimes you hear a lot of people talkin’, but can’t understand or relate to what they’re saying. I want to be that guy who’s authentic. This is who I am, I am not afraid to be who I am. If I pronounce a word wrong on TV, so be it.”
This is my new favorite quote ever and this is from a story that includes Kendrick Perkins talking about how to kill a chicken. Why? This is present day media. This is part of what makes Barstool perfect. Keith has talked about it numerous times. A blog with grammatical errors from Dave? Never edit that. We each have our own writing, blogging and talking style. We all sound different and the beauty is we don't have to be perfect. There's nothing more boring than AP style Journalism. It fucking sucked writing that way, couldn't even say fucking.
People want guys who are authentic. It's why I actually enjoy listening to Kendrick Perkins, even if I disagree with a portion of his takes. He comes off genuine and he's just saying what he thinks/knows. That's how it's supposed to be in 2020. Who gives a shit about being 'biased' towards a team or player? As long as you give your opinions, that's what people care about.
And nothing gets me more excited than hearing Kendrick Perkins call guys nerds. It cracks me up. Why? As I was rotating from DVR to Netflix today, this was the creativity going on over there:
We're in a weird point when we talk about sports. You are either analytical or eye test. For some reason people can't be perceived at both - where I like to fall in line. You can use analytics but they don't tell the whole story. You better know how to talk about team schemes, play breakdowns, etc to use those numbers as an argument point. At the same time you can't just scream 'my eyes!' you need to have some sort numbers to back you up. Not that difficult of a concept.
Oh, he also dropped this story (has nothing to do with nerds). He talks about Dell Demps being a complete liar to him in New Orleans. Before he was cut, the Thunder and Cavs both tried to trade for him. The same year the Thunder blew a 3-1 lead to the Warriors and Perkins guarantees that wouldn't have happened with him.
So go ahead and make fun of some grammatical error that 100% is in here somewhere. Fucking nerds.