Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee yesterday morning, according to The Oklahoman.
Perkins didn’t expect to need the surgery this summer.
“To be honest with you, I was excited about this summer, being able to work on my game,” Perkins said during an appearance at a team-sponsored youth camp. “This is my first summer without having surgery, so I’m just excited about it. I definitely didn’t like how I finished the season this past season, or the postseason. I was kind of embarrassed about the way I played. So the only way to go about it is to go back to the drawing board, and I’m just treating this summer like I’m a rookie again.”
Perkins will resume regular basketball activities in two weeks.
Perkins is coming off one of the worst playoff performances in the history of the NBA. This is the second summer in a row where we find out that Perkins was injured the season prior. Perkins played the final three rounds of the 2012 playoffs with a partially torn groin.
The last thing the Thunder need is for Perkins to be banged up entering next season. We know he is going to play and will play through injury if he is hurt so he might as well be at 100 percent.
Perkins has two years left on his contract and the word “amnesty” is always brought up when people talk about his contract. That isn’t going to happen and Perkins will more than likely be the starting center for the Thunder the next two seasons.