When Kendrick Perkins signed on the dotted line to join the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent on the final day of the regular season, his contract paid him a prorated portion of the veteran’s minimum salary, worth a whopping $13,156.
A week later, when the Cavs went on the road for their first playoff game against the Indiana Pacers, Perkins received a fringe benefit from being teammates with LeBron James that was worth well more than his paycheck.
One team. Fifteen players. One aesthetic.
“I think it just forms unity,” Perkins said. “I think it shows togetherness — win or lose — with them on. Like, when you see when somebody sends out a text and says, ‘Hey, we’re wearing suit No. 2,’ and you see everybody wear it, it kind of shows guys that they’re all-in. I think it’s a good thing, man. I think it’s a good thing.”
Yet Patricia is, in fact, a head coach, will remain the head coach, and if there are any consequences at all they won’t be to his employment or the trust of his employer.
This is a league that reacted to a 30-second Twitter video of Laremy Tunsil smoking weed minutes before the start of the 2016 draft by passing on him over and over until he’d plunged out of the top 10.
That was for something teams found out about at the last second. The four-month lead-up to the draft is always filled with the kind of scrutiny prospective FBI agents would envy. The justification for the excessive intrusions — including the questions about sexual preference and about whether their mothers are prostitutes — is the incredible investment teams are making in these picks, from No. 1 overall (Baker Mayfield reportedly was followed by a team-hired private investigator) to the undrafted free agents.
But Matt Patricia made it through 14 years with the league’s tentpole franchise, the one with the hottest possible spotlight on it on and off the field, including as a coordinator for a team that went to the Super Bowl three of the past four years without anybody anywhere seeming to know he and a Cheap Retro NBA Jerseys friend and teammate had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on suspicion of Cheap Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys assaulting a woman while in college.