Former NBA big man Kendrick Perkins has made a name for himself as a sports pundit on television.
However, it appears his blossoming entertainment career almost never happened.
Perkins recently revealed that before he began working as an NBA analyst, he received multiple offers to return to the league as an assistant coach.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Cleveland Cavaliers were amongst the teams that offered Perkins a position.
.@KendrickPerkins talks with @pr_RWTW about receiving offers to be an assistant with OKC, NOLA, BOS, MIN, & CLE prior to becoming an NBA Analyst & how he started tweeting about bball during retirement and appearing on shows for FREE before it became a job… and more!🙏 pic.twitter.com/kxtdcukWUV
— NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) December 16, 2020
“Cleveland, New Orleans, the [Oklahoma City] Thunder, the [Boston] Celtics, they all knew my basketball IQ and they actually all offered me assistant jobs,” Perkins said.
Perkins is now known for making passionate claims on social media and television.
He’s also known for vehemently defending his former Cavs teammate LeBron James.
Perkins played for the Cavs during the 2014-15 season. He had career averages of 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.