North of the Red River, we love us some Kendrick Perkins.

We invite him to our kids' birthday parties, and give him great nicknames like Gran Torino and Sergeant Scowl, and go crazy when he shocks us by making two foul shots.

But south of the Red, and frankly anywhere past Oklahoma soil except the commonwealth of Massachusetts, Perk is not so esteemed.

He's Lex Luthor. Or Darth Vader. He's Beelzebub. As popular as a tax collector.

Perkins plays hard, screens hard and fouls hard. Too hard, sometimes. That profanity Mav coach Rick Carlisle uttered on national TV the other night? The "dirty bull…"? He wasn't talking about Daequan Cook.