Morning sports update: Kendrick Perkins called Kevin Durant a ‘coward’ in Twitter exchange

The former Celtic said Durant's decision to join the Warriors in 2016 was the "weakest move in NBA history."

Kendrick Perkins when he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012. Jim Davis/Globe staff

The Bruins defeated the Jets 5-4 on Thursday night. David Pastrnak led the way for Boston, scoring a hat trick.

And the Celtics lost to the 76ers, 109-98. It was the team’s third straight defeat.

Both teams will be in action tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Celtics will face the Pelicans at home, while the Bruins will play the Islanders on the road.

Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant went back and forth on Twitter: On Thursday, Rockets guard Russell Westbrook returned to Oklahoma City for the first time since being traded in the offseason. It was a moment that obviously garnered attention on SportsCenter.


Former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins — who also played for the Thunder from 2011-2015 — is now an ESPN pundit, and announced on Twitter that he was going to describe Westbrook as Oklahoma City’s best player ever.

He was met with disagreement from Celtics.com host Mark D’Amico:

Perkins responded by noting that Kevin Durant, another former Thunder great, “left the door open.”

After Perkins responded again, Durant himself jumped in to note some relevant stats regarding the Thunder’s “starting center” that year:

The back and forth continued:

Eventually, Perkins said that Durant won a championship by taking the “coward way out.”


Both Durant and Perkins won championships outside of Oklahoma City. Perkins was a member of the 2008 Celtics, while Durant won two titles with the Warriors after leaving the Thunder in the summer of 2016.

Trivia: David Pastrnak is currently on pace to score 64 goals this season, though the 23-year-old still has a ways to go. If he reached the 60-goal threshold, he would be just the second Czech player to do so. Who was the first?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He played for the Bruins during the 2013 season.

More from Boston.com:

Newly introduced Giants head coach Joe Judge gave a nod to Bill Belichick:


The Revolution selected center back Henry Kessler with the sixth overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday:

The rare goalie goal:

On this day: In 1982, Joe Montana led the 49ers on a game-winning drive against the Cowboys in the NFC Championship game. The drive culminated with Montana throwing an iconic touchdown pass to a leaping Dwight Clark, which became simply known as “The Catch.”

In the crowd that day was four-year-old Tom Brady, who idolized both Montana and Clark.

Daily highlight: Chris Paul with the nutmeg.

Trivia answer: Jaromir Jagr

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