WATCH: Kendrick Perkins Slams Giannis Antetokounmpo: ‘He Ran from James Harden’

by Joe Rutland

If you are looking for Kendrick Perkins to join the Giannis Antetokounmpo fan club soon, then just know it’s going to be a long wait.

Perkins, who spent 16 seasons playing in the NBA, shared his opinion on the Milwaukee Bucks’ star and his defensive play during an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take.”

He said that he spent time watching Antetokounmpo play defense in the NBA’s COVID-19 bubble last season. Perkins said that what he saw didn’t impress him much.

“I keep hearing that Giannis is a better defender, he sits down at guard,” Perkins said. “No he don’t. Giannis doesn’t guard anybody. He protects the basket before sitting down low in the trenches. He ain’t guarding nobody and everybody around the league knows that.”

Perkins has more opinions on Giannis Antetokounmpo and his play against people like Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic.

Perkins, who was born in Nederland, Texas, played with the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New Orleans Pelicans. He averaged 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a center.

Giannis Signs Big Extension To Stay Put With Bucks

There was some speculation around whether or not Antetokounmpo would stay with Milwaukee or leave as a free agent.

All doubt was washed away earlier in December when he signed a $228 million extension with the Bucks.

Nicknamed “The Greek Freak,” he shared his excitement over the new deal and staying in Milwaukee on Twitter.

He started his career with the Bucks in 2013. As an NBA All-Star, Giannis Antetokounmpo signed an extension in 2016 for another four years. That deal netted the athlete $100 million at the time.

He has been named as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player twice. In 2020, he also won the Defensive Player of the Year award. 

H/T: Basketball Reference