Kendrick Perkins joining the Cavaliers has LeBron speaking glowingly about the signing.
After several days of rumors, it’s now finally official that big-man Kendrick Perkins will be joining the Cleveland Cavaliers in effort to bring the franchise their first ever NBA Championship.
For LeBron James, he couldn’t be happier.
LeBron is pretty positive about the signing due to what the big has experienced during his 12-year NBA career.
“First of all he brings a championship DNA,” James said today prior to the Cavaliers’ shootaround in preparation for tonight’s game in Detroit. “A guy that’s been there, knows what it takes to win it all, brings toughness to our interior,” James continued.
“Great locker-room guy. All he cares about is winning. That’s very important to our chemistry, very important to what we’re building here and we’re happy to have him.”
There’s no question this Cavaliers team has felt a plethora of twists and turns in 2014-15.
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They started out with a modest record as the newly-formed big-three gelled. Then they hit the tank once their fearless leader missed valuable time to rest his nagging injuries.
At that point all hell felt like it was breaking loose in Cleveland.
The organization felt a major shakeup was needed and that’s exactly what happened through acquiring JR Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov.
The team which has now won 16 of their last 22 games after the personnel face-lift, now sits with a 35-22 record only a game behind the division leading Chicago Bulls.
General manager David Griffin hasn’t stopped there though with evidence by the Perskins signing. It’s been long rumored for days that the former Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics big man would join the Cavs and provide some much needed depth.
And now it’s official after the Utah Jazz waived Perkins following acquiring him from the Thunder during a deadline deal.
The 6-10 big has only averaged 19.2 minutes in 51 games this season for Oklahoma City. To many his skills have clearly diminished at 30-years of age.
What’s special about LeBron though is his mind and the intangibles he brings to the table each and every night.
Sure he can score with the best of them, but he can recognize the kind of pieces needed to make a run deep into the tournament.
Aside from the foolish move of trading away soon to be NBA Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, James and his front office teammates have done quite well re-tooling this team over the last month and a half.
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