On Thursday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Chicago Bulls 107-95 at home. After the game was over, apparently current Thunder and former Bulls player Thabo Sefolosha invited Joakim Noah to come visit the Thunder's locker room. However, former Celtic Kendrick Perkins, who dislikes interacting with players from opposing teams, disapproved.
Here is how the conversation went between Perkins and Noah after Noah entered (courtesy of Darnell Mayberry, NewsOK.com):
“They just let anybody in the locker room,” Perkins shouted, drawing the attention of everyone standing around waiting on players to dress before getting interviewed. “C’mon, man,” Noah responded. Perkins, looking around for support from his teammates and soon reeling in Russell Westbrook, repeated his statement. Noah asked Perkins if he wanted him outside. Perkins responded “I’m just saying, though.” Noah then said “If you want me to wait outside, I’ll wait outside.” Perkins then said “Get yo’ (expletive) up out of here, (expletive).” “Aight,” Noah responded.
According to Mayberry, Perk was already upset that Noah was able to rack up 23 points, 10 boards, and 3 assists on the Thunder. Perkins was venting to Mayberry when Noah walked in the door, and things progressed from there:
I was chit-chatting with Perk just before the incident. We were talking about life and Perk suddenly changed the conversation to Noah. It was surprising. Perk and Noah (surprisingly) didn’t get into any beef tonight. It was Perk and Carlos Boozer. Still, Perk was disgusted by Noah’s 23-point, 10-rebound, three-assist night. Didn’t like that the big fella went off on the Thunder like that, even though the Bulls took the ‘L.’ Not 20 seconds after Perk expressed his frustration, I spotted Noah. Perk’s back was to the entrance. I said, “Speak of the Devil.” Perk turned, looked up and went ape s***. I had no idea it would be such a touchy sighting.
In today's NBA, a lot of players on opposing teams are buddies off the court, but there is something admirable to me about Perk's old school attitude to hate the other team. I miss having guys with this attitude like Perkins and Kevin Garnett playing for the C's, but at least we have Rajon Rondo to carry the torch.
h/t CSNNE.com. Photo courtesy of Layne Murdoch/Getty Images. Danielle Hobeika 12/20/2013 04:53:00 PM Tweet