Kendrick Perkins has been plagued by various injuries ever since the Thunder traded for him 3 years ago. When OKC gave up Jeff Green to acquire Perkins, Perk was coming off of an ACL tear in his right knee, but rehabbed it and has played a crucial role in the Thunder's defensive evolution. However, since then he has had surgery to repair a torn right groin and also a torn ligament in his left wrist.
Thunder center Kendrick Perkins underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday morning, The Oklahoman has learned.
Perkins is expected to resume full basketball activities in two weeks.
The scope, while considered routine for players with previous injuries, is not something Perkins envisioned needing this summer. He insisted at his exit interview in May that he didn't require any type of surgery this offseason. Perkins also said last month that he was "excited" about the prospects of finally going through a summer surgery-free.
This surgery is yet another setback for Perkins, who has struggled with his quickness and agility over the past 2 seasons, to the point where he was a non-factor in much of the 2013 playoffs.
Perkins had this to say:
"To be honest with you, I was excited about this summer, being able to work on my game...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."
Mayberry reports that this surgery will not hinder Perkins' workout schedule or preparation for next season.