Kendrick Perkins Kicks Joakim Noah out of Thunder Locker Room

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - FEBRUARY 24: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls drives against Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 24, 2013 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Apparently, Joakim Noah didn't get enough of the Oklahoma City Thunder on the court.

Following his Chicago Bulls' 107-95 loss on the road, Noah made his way to the Thunder locker room. Predictably, he didn't get a very warm welcome.

From ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell:

The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater provided a nice transcript of the dispute:

Mar, 9, 2012; Oklahoma City  OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) speaks to referee Tony Brown (6) during the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports
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Update: Saturday, December 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET

Noah has responded to Perkins kicking him out of the locker room with some refreshing honesty, via ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell:

"I know that you guys are probably bored right now: We're losing, there's nothing to do, there's nothing else to talk about. But it's not a big deal," Noah said. "Just waking up in the morning having to talk to NBA security. Come on, let's move on. We've got a game tonight. It's not a big deal. No big deal."

Noah said he had no previous history with Perkins. Although there was no physical altercation, the pair continued to exchange words as Noah walked to the Bulls' bus.

"He's just an angry dude, you know?" Noah said. "It's all good."

---End of update---


It's easy to imagine the Perkins scowl coming out in full force as he defended his turf. You know, the same one he displays every time an official calls a foul on him. To be fair, you can't really blame him for being hot about an opposing player walking into OKC's locker room like he owned the joint.

Perkins plays with a lot of fire, and that's not easy to turn off right after a game. After scoring zero points, the Thunder big man may have had a little extra pent-up frustration for the guy who defended him.

But he probably should have directed some of it at his own teammate. According to CBS' Royce Young, former Bull Thabo Sefolosha was the guy who invited Noah into the locker room in the first place: 

Fortunately, it appears that things didn't escalate beyond yelling and loud noises