"Everybody put him in that superstar status but I don't believe that," Perkins said. "I've witnessed too many times where Paul George has disappeared. And, to me, in my opinion, he's one of the most overrated players."
That's certainly a bold take from Perkins. After all, George is averaging 20.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game for the Los Angeles Clippers while continuing to play the stellar defense that made him an MVP contender last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
George hasn't been asked to do as much with the Clippers and has only played in 40 games this season due to injuries. But as the team's second star next to Kawhi Leonard, he has been solid.
Still, Perkins has never been afraid to speak his mind, and maybe he has a point. If George wilts down the stretch, perhaps he'll prove Perk right.
For more of Perkins' thoughts in the lead-up to the Celtics' game against the Utah Jazz, check out the clip below or watch it on YouTube.
Four of the five Celtics players in that Feb. 10, 1988, lineup are in the Basketball Hall of Fame, with Danny Ainge as the lone exception. Not a bad group to compare yourself to (although the 1987-88 Celtics lost to the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals).
Celtics fans will be pleased to know that Jayson Tatum matched Bird with 39 points, while Marcus Smart went off for 31 and Gordon Hayward chipped in 21.
What makes Boston's feat more impressive is that its starting five didn't include Jaylen Brown, who is the Celtics' third-leading scorer at 20.2 points per game.
But the Celtics' effort without Brown is further proof they have a wealth of quality offensive options -- they're the only team in the NBA with three players averaging 20-plus points per game -- that could make them very dangerous come playoff time.
This unit is hardly on the level of Bird, McHale, Parish, Dennis Johnson and the 1980s Celtics, but they belonged the same breath as that legendary squad for one night, at least.