When someone with the size and temperament of 6-foot-10, 261-pound Kendrick Perkins speaks, teammates tend to listen. Dating back to a Feb. 24, 2011, trade that brought him to the Thunder via the Boston Celtics, Perkins has preached patience. This might seem odd coming from a man with 12 technical fouls (and four rescinded) this season, but Perkins is surprisingly cerebral when it comes to his trade. There is plenty of useful NBA wisdom behind his Beaumont (Texas) drawl. The patience Perk persistently preaches has to do with staying the course toward winning a world championship, a journey he completed with the Celtics in 2008 at age 23. That happens to be the same age as Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and is one year older then budding stars James Harden and Serge Ibaka. Perkins recalls the grind of winning the title, how the Larry O'Brien Trophy doesn't come easily, even if you're on the best team.