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Perk kicks Joakim Noah out of Thunder locker room

Chuck - Red's Army December 20, 2013 Around the NBA, Kendrick Perkins 11 Comments

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Thunder swingman Thabo Sefolosha brought his buddy Joakim Noah into the Oklahoma Thunder locker room following last night’s game with the Bulls. Kendrick Perkins did not react warmly to the sight of Noah on his turf (via ESPN):

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.”

Noah: “Aight.”

The two players crossed paths again outside the Thunder’s locker room. More words were exchanged as Noah walked toward the Bulls’ bus, but ultimately nothing else transpired.

Chicago has an open-door policy regarding former Bulls visiting the locker room, and players come and go frequently. Judging from Thursday night’s exchange, however, it doesn’t seem that a similar policy exists with the Thunder.

I’m with Perk on this one. He legit doesn’t like Joakim Noah and won’t pretend to like him off the court.

Some of the responsibility for this incident falls on Sefolosha. He needs to be more aware. Imagine if David Thirdkill brought former Pistons teammate Bill Laimbeer into the Celtics locker room in 1987. How would that go over?

And Noah shouldn’t be surprised. He’s making a career out of being an irritant. There are many guys who dislike him.

I guarantee KG nodded his head and said, “That’s my f-in boy” after learning about this incident.

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  • Curt Hays

    “That’s my f-in boy!”

    **Representing Texas

  • Frank Aziza

    I love it

  • Danno

    Zach_LoweNBA was having a friggin heart attack about this on twitter this morning, as if Perk owed Noah some kind of apology or if Perk was somehow in the wrong for not wanting opposing teams players in the locker room. It was like watching a Tee Ball Dad have a coronary over his kid not getting to first base safely. I hate that most of the “impartial” national media is now made up of the generation of participation trophy softness.

    • tvor03

      Zach Lowe used to be cool. When he left CelticsHub he turned into a little bitch.

      • vitamin d

        He gets really defensive on twitter if you challenge his opinions or accuse him of anything. Its annoying

  • CFH

    One of the reasons the Thunder traded for Perk was a need for tough old-school championship attitude on a team that was talented, but *nice* to a fault. He might not be able to play as well on his reconstructed knee as he once could, but he can still remind his teammates where the us/them line needs to be.

    Be friends in your house or your hotel room or a restaurant. Not in the locker room.

    Love it. Love Perk. Always.

  • NE_Celt

    That a boy Perk…doing KG proud! And who in their right mind likes Noah anyways??

  • Guest

    PERRRRRK!!!!

  • frickenWaaaltah

    PERRRRRRRK!!!!!

  • Raoul

    There’s no relevance to the below part. Noah has never been with the Thunder:

    “Chicago has an open-door policy regarding former Bulls visiting the locker room, and players come and go frequently. Judging from Thursday night’s exchange, however, it doesn’t seem that a similar policy exists with the Thunder.”

  • Paul Pierce

    People defending Joakim Noah in this are absolutely ridiculous. This is COMPETITION. If you don’t have ties to my organization GTFO of our locker room. Plain and simple. Paul Pierce is and will always be my favorite athlete ever but I’ll never ever forgive him for the time he was seen in public hanging out with Dwyane Wade and LeBron. If I were running the organization I’d hand out fines for hanging out with rivals. That’s one reason I’d be a terrible GM. But I definitely do not support that “let’s all be friends” BS.