Posted December 20, 2013

Kendrick Perkins tells Joakim Noah to ‘get your a– up out’ of Thunder locker room

Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, Joakim Noah, Kendrick Perkins, Oklahoma City Thunder
(Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

Kendrick Perkins (left) is averaging 3.2 points and 3.5 rebounds this season. (Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

There will be no intruders in Kendrick Perkins’ sanctuary.

The veteran center took exception to Joakim Noah’s presence in the Thunder’s locker room following Oklahoma City’s 107-95 home win on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

“They just let anybody in the locker room?” Perkins asked Noah, according to The Oklahoman. After Noah volunteered to leave if his presence was unwanted, Perkins replied: “Get your a– up out of here.”

CSNChicago.com reported that Noah accompanied Thabo Sefolosha into the locker room, and that Perkins and Noah exchanged words in the locker room and again after Noah left for the Bulls’ bus. The site characterized the conversation as “brief” and “nothing” respectively, while DailyThunder.com noted that the other Thunder players present generally pointed the finger at Sefolosha for inviting an opponent into the locker room in the first place.

The “no opposing players in the locker room” edict does exist, but like any rule it’s subject to different interpretations. Over the years, I’ve seen childhood friends, college teammates, former NBA teammates (or a player and his former NBA coach), and fellow countrymen catch up with the opposition in the locker room, but most conversations between opponents simply take place in the arena’s hallways or loading dock areas. When locker room conversations do take place, it’s usually after everyone’s media obligations have been fulfilled and once the room has generally emptied out. A direct exchange like this is rare to say the least, especially with media present.

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Perkins’ approach here is, to the surprise of absolutely no one, strict and old school. That the Thunder won going away, that the game wasn’t against a rival, that the injury-ravaged Bulls have virtually no shot of facing the Thunder in the 2014 Finals, and that we’re in the middle of December (rather than the playoffs) likely didn’t factor into Perkins’ mental calculus. Similarly, he probably didn’t care that Sefolosha and Noah spent a year-plus as Bulls teammates before the Swiss guard was traded to the Thunder in 2009. This is a black and white issue for some players, especially veterans on title-contending teams, and Perkins likely felt an obligation to uphold the code, for better or worse. That no one spoke up to offer a “chill out, dude” when Perkins assumed the role of club bouncer says it all.

Perkins finished with zero points (on 0-for-0 shooting), four rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes. Noah tallied a team-high 23 points (on 8-for-17 shooting), 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 29 minutes.

Oklahoma City improved their NBA-best record to 21-4 with the win, thanks to a game-high 32 points (on 13-for-20 shooting), nine rebounds and six assists from Kevin Durant. Russell Westbrook added 20 points (on 7-for-12 shooting) and 10 assists.

Chicago dropped to 9-16 with the loss. Taj Gibson had 16 points and six rebounds in a losing effort.

This isn’t the first time Perkins has been involved in a post-game exchange during his time in Oklahoma City. Back in November 2012, he got into it with Zach Randolph during the game and the ill will spilled over to the locker room hallways afterwards. The whoofing prompted the Grizzlies’ forward’s memorable “I don’t bluff” declaration.

10 comments
meats29
meats29

They did an NBA players poll a few years ago and asked the players 

 "Which NBA player thinks he's a lot better than he really is?"

The winner - Kendrick Perkins  


Crapkins is by far the most overrated player in the history of the NBA and possibly in all of sports. He has zero basketball skill. Zero. His defense, which they say is his bread and butter, is also non-existent. He doesn't rebound. He doesn't do anything except suck. The only reason he is in the league is because he is a large man. The fact that OKC traded Harden and paid this waste almost 10 million a year is just a complete embarrassment and it is costing them titles. They could have kept Harden and paid someone the minimum in Perkins spot and that person would produce a lot more on both ends of the floor than Fatkins would. 3 rebounds a game Trashkins? Really? I have never seen a more overhyped, overrated player in any sport. Pathetic. 

sugaslim
sugaslim

yawn....but good on perkins  no need for an opposing player to go into an opponents locker room

JayTaylor
JayTaylor

Why do all the comments denigrate into personal attacks against the player?


I applaud Perkins for upholding this unwritten law. Obviously Noah understood.


- Much Ado About Nothing.

BathazarXavier
BathazarXavier

the one with the least game in the locker room has the biggest mouth, and for no reason. the stars set the tone and if durant or westbrook didn't have a problem, then why should a buster like perkins care?

hsow2009
hsow2009

Perkins sucks on tha court n his character stinks off tha court i bet if we trade naoh for Perkins well win a championship immediately!

kristiana.juliano
kristiana.juliano

exactly. He should stfu. His mouth is the reason why the Thunder are going nowhere this season.  Can we all simultaneously say "lottery"...

HeadlineSurfer
HeadlineSurfer

As for the locker room rudeness, perhaps a kinder, gentler Kendrick Perkins could stand to pick up a thing or two from a Joakim Noah: Like class, self-respect and letting his play on the court do his talking for him, as opposed to Perkins running his mouth and perhaps his way out of another basketball town like he did in Boston...

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

@meats29He's the first player in any Sports Game I've played in 20+ years that I thought deserved a single digit 'player rating.'