The 2013-14 NBA season is not getting off to a good start for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last week, the team announced that their starting point guard Russell Westbrook just had to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss at least the first month of the season. And now comes the news that their center Kendrick Perkins is currently facing assault charges after allegedly attacking a man and his sister outside of a nightclub in Houston, Texas back in July.
According to police, Perkins, his brother-in-law Quincy Alpough, and Alpough's female cousin were inside of a car that accidentally backed into another car at a nightclub called Nox in July. After the minor fender-bender, the drivers of both cars got out to talk to one another. But it escalated into an altercation rather quickly, and it allegedly ended with Perkins getting out of the car that he was in and punching a brother and a sister who were riding in the other car. Alpough also stands accused of assaulting the man and woman. The charges against Perkins and Alpough were initially dropped, but the case was just re-opened and the pair are once again being charged with assault.
"We were made aware of the allegations and take this matter seriously," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said late yesterday. "We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time."
Hopefully, this situation wasn't as bad as it sounds. But either way, this is one more hurdle that the Thunder have to overcome right now. It's not the way they wanted to start their season.