Posted April 06, 2012

Heat’s Udonis Haslem Puts ‘Fake Tough Guy’ Label On Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins

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Tempers flared last night at American Airlines Arena in Miami, where the Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 98-93, in a battle of two NBA elites. Most notably, Kendrick Perkins drew the Heat’s ire for an emphatic shove of Dwyane Wade — and a day later, Miami’s Udonis Haslem still isn’t happy.

“I think sometimes people just use the TVs and the cameras and the crowd, you know, to put on a show,” Haslem told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I don’t think [Perkins] is all that he shows out there on the court.

“I think anybody can be a tough guy with a thousand people watching on TV and referees who call fouls and stop the game and different things like that. I don’t seeing him being any tough guy that he puts on the show to be, at all.”

Perkins earned his 12th technical foul of the season for his skirmish with Wade. The NBA begins issuing one-game suspensions after tech No. 13.

Perkins’ animosity with Wade, Haslem and the Heat goes way back — the Thunder big man was also a member of the Boston Celtics team that got chippy with the Heat in the first round of the 2010 Eastern Conference playoffs.