Former NBA player Kendrick Perkins made a guest appearance on All The Smoke podcast featuring Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, where they talked about multiple things from the NBA. One of the things they touched upon is the current situation that involved Shaquille O’Neal on one end and Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell on the other. As you probably know, Shaq was very critical of Gobert and Mitchell, especially after signing their new contracts with their respective teams.
There was a constant back and forth communication between them, which wasn’t pleasant at times, and some fans portrayed Shaq as a bitter old man who is jealous of the younger generation of players. Perkins argues that you need to be ready for criticism when you become an NBA player, especially negative criticism. He believes the new generation of players is too sensitive and should focus on being the best players they can, ultimately shutting up all the critics.
I just don’t understand how and why are these guys so sensitive to motherfu***rs talking about basketball. A motherfu**er knew not to bless me as a franchise player and give me a $200 million contract, and I didn’t care what the motherfu**er was saying about me. It’s basketball, and you signed up for this s**t.Kendrick Perkins, via All The Smoke
The primary notion on why Shaq and some other former players were negative towards the younger players were the big contracts they signed, which were unimaginable back in the day. Perkins thinks players should get paid as much as they can negotiate because that is the money they deserve at the end of the day. He remembers his beef with Kevin Durant when he called him out for joining the Warriors saying Russell Westbrook is the greatest player in Oklahoma City Thunder history.
Let this motherfu**ers get their breed. Other than that, they need to quit being sensitive like KD was being sensitive with me on some of the things I was saying, calling me a sellout.Kendrick Perkins, via All The Smoke
Kendrick is somewhat right in what he said in terms of players being too sensitive to negative comments and criticism. On the other hand, it’s also correct some of the older players like Shaq sometimes go overboard with their comments, often criticizing younger players for no good reason. Because of the age we live with all the social media platforms, negative criticism gets more attention than some constructive and positive criticism, which is a trend that needs to change. However, players need to understand that a large audience follows them, and if you continuously underperform, you can expect criticism.