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Look for Kendrick Perkins to be NBA Head Coach in Future


Kevin Durant talks to Kendrick Perkins during a timeout against the Houston Rockets in the 2013 playoffs. (Photo: Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports)



Ever wonder why the Cleveland Cavs signed veteran center Kendrick Perkins as a seldom used post player at the end of this current season? “Perk” was not going to play a role on the floor, did he not?  His specific job in Cleveland was to be a inspirational un-named “coach” on the bench, utilizing his experience in bringing a toughness and a valuable piece in getting the Cavs to be better in their post game with their “bigs”.  Fact of the matter, Perkins is one of the smartest and most complete teachers of paint play and will be an assistant in the NBA in a very short time.  His ascension to the head coaching position is just a matter of time.

Perkins has had offers to retire from the game and begin his bench coaching career.   I expect that he will if fact hang’em up this summer and be a member of an NBA staff by the opening of the 2018-19 season.  It does not hurt that Perkins is best friends with Lebron James, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.  That power of association is significant in attaining  a coaching job in the Association.  Without James’s input, Perkins would not have been with the Cavs this playoff season.

Perkins made news during the NBA Finals with Golden State, and his personality is always on display.  He can be the “enforcer”.  But the fact is that he is more mouth than bite as he is highly thought of by franchises, coaches and players alike.  He has a great understanding of the chemistry of a team and with his knowledge of the game, expect success in his next career.  A Perkins team would be well-coached, tough in on-court work, and will give a franchise the edge needed to be a winner.


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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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