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Why Kendrick Perkins gives Draymond Green 'D' grade for 2019-20 season

Why Kendrick Perkins gives Draymond Green 'D' grade for 2019-20 season

Kendrick Perkins gets paid to express his opinion.

And on Tuesday's episode of "The Jump" on ESPN, he voiced his thoughts on Draymond Green's 2019-20 campaign.

"Draymond disappointed me this season," the former NBA big man said. "I thought with the injury to Klay (Thompson) and the injury to Steph (Curry) he was gonna elevate his game offensively and shock the world. With him getting $100 million in the contract extension, I thought Draymond was gonna come out and prove a point.

"Also with them losing Kevin Durant, I thought we would see 'Defensive Player of the Year Draymond' ... (but) he took a few steps backwards. My expectations for Draymond Green were a little bit higher, and he didn't achieve it."

The truth is that it was a very, very frustrating year for Draymond.

The three-time NBA champion missed 22 games with various ailments, yet picked up a league-high 14 technical fouls. He shot below 39 percent from the field and less than 28 percent from 3-point range.

But as noted before, yours truly forever will give Draymond a pass for what transpired. There wasn't much incentive at all for the three-time All-Star after Steph broke his hand Oct. 30 against the Phoenix Suns, as the Warriors had no chance of reaching the postseason.

The truth is that Draymond needed a break -- physically and mentally -- after averaging 37.7 minutes over 104 Golden State playoff games from 2015 to 2019.

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It's unclear why Perkins would expect the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year to produce big considering he didn't have Steph, Klay, KD, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston on the court with him.

"To everybody out there who want to talk s--t about this year -- I don't really give a f--k," Draymond said in April on the "All the Smoke" podcast. "In my opinion, I got better. I got better as a player, I got better as a person and a leader ... and that's gonna make me even better for next year.

"So, I appreciate everybody talking. I kind of needed them to relight that fire under my a--."

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Draymond definitely pays attention to what is being said about him, his teammates and the Warriors. He uses the noise as motivation when necessary.

Needless to say, the three-time All-Star wants to send a message to the doubters.

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Jay Williams opposes Kevin Durant calling Kendrick Perkins 'sellout'

Jay Williams opposes Kevin Durant calling Kendrick Perkins 'sellout'

Kendrick Perkins has been very critical this week of Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving.

His comments did not sit well with Kevin Durant, so on Wednesday afternoon the former Warriors superstar called Perkins a "sellout."

Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Jay Williams discussed the situation Thursday on ESPN's "First Take." And Williams' perspective definitely was surprising.

"Everybody on this channel knows that I know Kevin and I did 'The Boardroom' with Kevin," the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft said. "Everyone on this channel (also) knows that Kendrick Perkins and I -- we're like brothers, too.

"Do I agree with Kevin calling Kendrick Perkins a sellout? No, I do not. The reality is that the protocol wasn't followed ... by not abiding by protocol, you have to look at the repercussions. I do think Kyrie potentially put himself in a situation where it could become extremely volatile.

"Now, what Kyrie is doing could potentially work out ultimately in the best interests for the players. But by doing it that way, it's become very disruptive. And it has divided. So I don't agree with Kevin Durant calling him a sellout."

[RELATED: KD, Kyrie first discussed being teammates at 2016 Olympics]

KD and Kyrie have become very close friends over the last four years, so it was not a surprise to see the two-time NBA Finals MVP call out Perkins.

"For Kevin, this is him backing up his teammate," Williams explained. "I don't agree with the way he's backed up his teammate here. This is going to be an ongoing issue for a lot of situations if Kyrie doesn't abide by protocol moving forward."

That is correct.

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Kevin Durant-Kendrick Perkins beef continues with Kyrie Irving comments

Kevin Durant-Kendrick Perkins beef continues with Kyrie Irving comments

The feud between former Warriors superstar Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins clearly still exists.

This time, it isn't about KD leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for Golden State in July 2016. Instead, it's because of comments directed at Kyrie Irving.

"If you take Kyrie Irving's brain and put it in a bird right now, guess what that bird is gonna do? It's gonna fly backwards," Perkins said Wednesday morning on ESPN's "Get Up" show. "Kyrie, right now, is confused. He's showing his lack of leadership."

When the Instagram account "thescore" posted a different quote from Perkins, Durant responded by saying: "Sell out."

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Additionally, the two-time NBA Finals MVP retweeted two tweets from his Brooklyn Nets teammate, Wilson Chandler:

And then KD trolled Perkins by retweeting the video "DrGuru23" posted:

The beef between the two started on Twitter in early January when Perkins made a strong declaration.

It all escalated from there.

"I probably should have just took the blow that he delivered and just sent him a text and was like, 'Bro, I wasn't coming at you like that,' and just let it be gone," Perkins said on NBC Sports Bay Area's "Runnin' Plays" podcast in late April. "Instead of for me, saying, 'You know what? I'm about to attack you and hit you where it hurt.' And I did shoot some below-the-belt slugs that I wish I wouldn't have done.

"That's why I made my apology public."

Check back soon because surely there will be another layer to this Kyrie-related development in the coming days.

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