You can add this to the "strangest quote of the year" collection.
In a recent interview with Justin Verrier of ESPN.com, Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins described current teammate Russell Westbrook as a "diva." He bestowed the same moniker upon ex-teammate Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics.
Just don't think it as an insult—Perkins means it "in a good way":
[Russell] Westbrook's physicality, owed to a long and muscular frame, is unlike most other point guards, Perkins said. His approach is also unique, but it does bear some resemblance to that of enigmatic Celtic Rajon Rondo, the center's former floor leader and a player known as much for his surly in-game demeanor as his deft dishes.
"They definitely different [from other point guards]," Perkins said. "They both some divas. In a good way though."
Who wouldn't want to be called a diva?
Here at B/R, we aren't quite sure what Perkins means by "divas...in a good way." Although Westbrook and Rondo are two of the more polarizing figures in the NBA, neither strike the image of Madonna on a rampage.
Although Westbrook is awfully close...
No? Well, it was worth a shot.
Westbrook will never be confused for someone who masks his emotions. Whether on the court or off of it, Westbrook has quite the ostentatious personality.
No fear of failure, if you will.
If not his clothing or singing, perhaps Perkins was referring to the fact that Westbrook likes to rain on everyone else's parade. The "anything that isn't my happiness is no one's happiness at all" approach.
The Denver Nuggets can attest to that.
Still nothing? This is getting weirder than the fact that the national media cares about a linebacker with a fake girlfriend.
But I digress. Regardless of what it is that sparked these comments, Perkins has made them and they are forever in the massive spider's web known as the Internet. For what it's worth, Westbrook has displayed no signs of being offended.
Nor has Rondo. In fact, in his most recent game Thursday night, Rondo went off for his fourth triple-double of the 2012-13 half-season against the Knicks. If nothing else, Perk's comments may have inspired greatness out of his former teammate.
I suppose the diva mentality is working.
Both divas—Rondo and Westbrook—were named to their respective 2013 NBA All-Star squads. The Celtics point guard leads the league in assists, while Westbrook is in the midst of a season in which he's averaging 22.7 points and 8.1 assists.
What in the world makes Westbrook and Rondo "good divas"? Whatever it is, we want more of it.