Joakim Noah and Kendrick Perkins Exchange Words in the Locker Room
Joakim Noah went inside the Oklahoma City locker room after Friday night’s loss to the Thunder in order to say hello to his fellow countryman Thabo Sefolosha. However, Kendrick Perkins wasn’t having any of it. As the enforcer of the Thunder’s middle, Perkins felt like he had to be the enforcer for the locker room as well.
The locker room is often seen as the private living room for a team, so not everyone is allowed to enter it. Perkins felt like Noah was trespassing, despite the game being over, and he verbally let him know how he felt.
"It doesn't matter," Noah said. "Just nothing. Just trying to chill with Thabo. It's all good. ... It's not that serious. We don't have to talk about this anymore. Nothing happened. It's no big deal. I shouldn't have been in that locker room in the first place. Just wanted to say hi to some loved ones, Thabo's family, that's it. It's not a big deal. Perk is an angry dude. It's all good."
With the amount of trades that take place in the NBA today, many NBA players are friends with players on the other team. So, it isn’t unusual for players to interact with players on another team. However, the locker room is the one place that is reserved for strategy - not socializing – a lesson that Perkins clearly wanted to teach Noah Friday evening.