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NBA Playoffs 2011, Mavericks Vs. Thunder: Kendrick Perkins Does Not Like Tyson Chandler

What would the NBA be without some drama? Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins does not like Tyson Chandler, according to ESPN Dallas. Said Perkins of Chandler:

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He don't like me, I don't like him and that's pretty much how it's been. Everybody always looks at me as kind of like a dirty player if you're on the opposite team, but he's just as dirty as anybody else.

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Chandler downplayed Perkins' comments, saying he's unaware of any bad blood between the two.

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"I have nothing against him," Chandler said of Perkins. "He won a championship with the Boston Celtics, and that's where I'm trying to take my team. I mean, I've got respect for him, what he was able to accomplish. But all the chippy stuff, the after-the-ball stuff, that's all nonsense and I'm not going to get involved with it."

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So there you have it: Perkins doesn't like Chandler and says Chandler doesn't like him while Chandler says he basically has no opinion of Perkins - except for respecting him. Gotta love NBA gamesmanship. 

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