Raheel Ramzanali: Some other icons Kendrick Perkins might have missed out on besides Chewbacca

Do you know this wookie? Kendrick Perkins does not. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The NBA Playoffs isn’t short of good stories this year, but the strangest story thus far has to be Kendrick Perkins not knowing anything about Chewbacca. Chewy has been in the zeitgeist since 1977, when Star Wars first hit the big screen so Perkins not knowing who he is has to be the most mind-blowing story yet.

Look, I get that Kendrick has dedicated his life to being a professional basketball player so I won’t use this prime real estate to destroy him for not knowing who Chewbacca is ; I’m the same age as Kendrick so I wanted to take the time to catch him up on other really really really popular and “new” things that he should know about as he maneuvers through life. These are things he should recognize right away if they were sitting courtside:

  • Back to the Future - While not as old as Star Wars, this classic film series has some of the most recognizable pop culture references known to man. From the self-lacing shoes that Nike recently recreated to the jaw-dropping Delorean, Back to the Future references are as important as Chewbacca. Oh, and hoverboard!

  • Barney - The big purple dinosaur was once the most-known kid programming character ever and if he sat down courtside, it would be a huge deal. I know Barney is now a tantric sex therapist, but that shouldn’t take away from his pop culture recall.

  • The Avengers - Come on, even Kendrick knows about the Avengers.

  • Pogs - Man, just unfollow me if you weren’t down with Pogs growing up. Pogs were the Beanie Babies for cool dudes. It was a life changer when Pogs teamed up with Michael Jordan to release the ultimate collaboration for sports fan. You think Supreme x Louis Vuitton was popular? Psh, Pogs x MJ was it!

  • Michael Jordan - For some reason Kendrick strikes me as a guy that totally ignored the existence of Michael Jordan so he has no idea about His Airness.

  • Crying Jordan Meme - If he doesn’t know MJ, there’s no way he knows about the MJ Crying Meme.

  • The MJ vs LeBron Debate - Hey Kendrick, all the cool kids are doing it so you better be up on this pop culture trend where we must take sides and destroy the other side’s legacy.

  • 98 Degrees - You can keep your Backstreet Boys and N*Sync, I’m here for the legacy of 98 Degrees and Nick Lachey. He was the original “damn I feel so bad for him being married to her” reality star. Even though he was with prime Jessica Simpson, he was also the first true reality star where we saw just how miserable one guy could be married to a famous pop icon.

  • Red Velvet Cupcakes - For a stretch there in 2010, Red Velvet Cupcakes were all we talked about in everyday conversation. This one cupcake generated thousands of cupcake shops and even a television show where we celebrated war, but the only casualty was deliciousness - This is Cupcake Wars.

  • Smartphones - Kendrick is gonna lose it when he learns about these “new” things that make life so much easier, yet tear us apart as humans.

  • Lil Tay - Honestly, I don’t even know what a Lil Tay is so I can’t speak on this one, but I know most people know about this trend.


Most Popular

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome

Listen Live

A new book has some spicy quotes from anonymous sources that (not shockingly) paint the Astros in an unfavorable light. Rinse, repeat! Deciding Dana Brown's priorities are everyone's favorite exercise, so the guys take their turn. One World Series winner is just looking for a small deal and some time, and his search continues.

New episodes stream LIVE Mondays at 3pm on the SportsMap HOU YouTube channel, where you can interact with the show. The audio version releases across most listening platforms Monday evening. Search for us on your favorite podcast provider today or subscribe at one of the providers below. Let's go 'Stros!

Apple Podcasts


Google Podcasts






SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome