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June 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins (21) during the second quarter in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to complete a four-game sweep. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

The NBA world woke up to a surprise Saturday morning with the news that the Brooklyn Nets had fired head coach Kenny Atkinson. This was followed by reports that the decision was driven by ‘some of the players.’ Many on social media were quick to point fingers at Kyrie Irving, who gained a reputation as a locker room cancer in his time in Boston.

Perhaps the best response came from former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins. Perk managed to call Irving out on Twitter without even using his name.

This isn’t the first time Perkins has publicly taken a shot at Irving. When Irving was elected as vice president of the NBAPA last month, Perkins pulled no punches responding on ESPN’s The Jump.

Think that’s bad? Check out what Perkins had to say about Irving’s parting with the Celtics when working a Celtics game in February. Keep in mind this is totally unprompted.

“Every time I think of that guy I want to throw up.” Tell us how you really feel Perk.

Perkins knows a thing or two about what it means to be a Celtic. He played eight years in Boston after being drafted 27th overall in 2003. During the latter half of his tenure he became known as a strong locker room presence along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. It’s not hard to see why he would have a problem with the way Irving handled his time in Boston.

The Perkins/Irving rivalry is quickly becoming one of the best beefs currently going in the NBA, although to this point it’s been completely one-sided. Will Kyrie reply? We’ll have to wait and see…

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at