Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins engaged in a heated argument with Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah after the latter attempted to enter the opposing locker room after Thursday night’s game.
ESPN reports that the locker room altercation occurred shortly after Oklahoma City’s 107-95 victory over Chicago. Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha, who started his career with the Bulls in 2006, walked into his former team’s locker room to converse with his old teammates. After a few minutes of conversation, Sefolosha left the Bulls locker room with Noah in tow.
Noah then attempted to accompany Sefolosha into the Thunder locker room -- a decision that drew the ire of Perkins. The 6-foot-10 veteran immediately stood up from his locker to confront Noah, and he eventually threw the Bulls center out of the locker room. The Oklahoman reporter Anthony Slater has a transcript of Perkins’ altercation with Noah, which can be read below.
Perkins: "They just let anybody in the locker room?"
Noah: “C’mon, man.”
Perkins: "I'm just asking, though."
Noah: "C'mon, man."
Perkins: "Just let anybody in the locker room now?"
Noah: "You want me to wait outside?"
Perkins: "I'm just saying, though."
Noah: "If you want me to wait outside, I'll wait outside."
Perkins: "Get your ass up outta here."
The heated exchange didn’t stop there. Perkins and Noah ran into each other again near the Bulls’ team bus, ESPN reports. The two exchanged more words, but the situation didn't escalate beyond that.
Perkins apparently wasn’t the only member of the Thunder who was upset with Sefolosha’s decision to invite Noah into the locker room. CBS Sports reporter and DailyThunder.com editor Royce Young said that “pretty much all other Thunder players sided with [Perkins].”
Despite the loss, Noah was effective in Thursday night’s game, leading the Bulls with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Perkins failed to log a shot attempt in 20 minutes of action but chipped in with four rebounds.