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

Dec 20, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

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In the NBA, guys often have good friends on the opposing team — guys they played with in AAU or college, guys who share an agent, guys they work out with in the summer. There is a camaraderie.

Kendrick Perkins is old school, weaned on the Kevin Garnett “I hate the guys on the other team 24/7” philosophy.

Thursday night after the Thunder dispatched the undermanned Bulls, OKC’s Thabo Sefalosha (who used to play in Chicago) went over to the Bulls locker room, saw old friends, then invited Joakim Noah back over to the Thunder locker room for a spell.

Perkins took exception to Noah in the locker room and there was a brief exchange. Here is a transcript via Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman.

 

Bulls’ security guided Noah to the team bus. Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago added this:

This is part of why Scott Brooks and the Thunder management like having Perkins around — he has a ring, he sets a tone in the locker room they would like some of their young guys to follow. Frankly Noah sets that tone for the Bulls on the court.

Will be interesting to see these two go at it though March 17 in Chicago.

  1. cakemixa - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Man, what a bunch of hardcore dudes!

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Perkins is hardcore, from Alabama, really?

  2. rjmarrella - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    I don’t want violence or any harm done, but I kind of love this. I’m a fan of neither team but it has to get your competitive spirit up! “I hate the other team” means to me that “man, I really love my team.” As a fan, what else are you asking from the players you follow.

  3. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Good for Perkins. I am sick of all the buddy-buddy stuff in the league.

    • maracineanu16 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Perkins is a total ZERO on the court and a complete a$$hole off the court

    • sbarton77 - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      This is fine as long as he quits hugging Doc Rivers and staff before EVERY single game against one another. Seems like a double standard to me; he punches a girl-no trouble, liggins punches a girl-he gets kicked off the team. I imagine the other night went like this, Perkins-”hey, if you’re a starting center and scored more than 0 points tonight then get out.” Noah leaves.

  4. rodge1 - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    That lady from Miami was there flipping Noah the bird as he left OKC’s locker room.

  5. zerole00 - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    This performance in the locker room far exceeds anything Perkins has put on the court in the last couple years.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      I remember the report he was the difference in Kobe beating Boston for the chip, really, he was a Kobe stopper, what a joke. He is a clown, I got Noah.

      • zerole00 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        I don’t know man, paying 9 million a year for Perkins to play tough guy sounds like a bargain.

      • nickinho1 - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Yea im sure thats what they meant about him being the difference maker being a kobe stopper nothing to do with the fact that the laker had 1 millions offensive rebounds while he’s not playing.

    • jhuck92 - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Yeah, it seems like he has a chip on his shoulder against all-star centers

  6. joshm5683 - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Perkins is such a fake tough guy. Its interesting that the Thunder will probably be telling Perk the same thing he told Noah after this season and his toxic contract finally come off the books. I’m a fan of neither team, so I don’t know of any personal beef between the players and I will agree the whole AAU buddy/buddy thing does get in the way of good old fashioned rivalry and dislike…………

    Yes, Perk was weaned off of KG the ultimate fake tough guy who only goes after rookies and guards and never anyone his own size. Maybe Perk can join him in Brooklyn on the Titanic that is the Nets

    • azarkhan - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Apparently Joakim Noah doesn’t agree with you. But then, unlike you, he actually knows Perkins.

    • spursareold - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      He learned from the best fake tough guy in history…

    • pharohislife - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      But Joakim Noah isn’t a rookie or a guard soooo..

    • zerole00 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Personally, I think the Nets are going to be more like the Hindenburg than the Titanic. You just know people are going to get fired (lol puns)

  7. davidly - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Just because there have always been a-holes does not mean being an a-hole is old school. Some people are able to compete at the highest level without the bs. People that don’t understand this are emotionally stunted.

  8. pfic15 - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Hey Perk, get up out of the NBA. – Thunder fan.

  9. sylpkt - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Perk really gets a bad rap because of his contract. People scream that he’s overpaid all the time, but most of his value comes in things that don’t really show up on the box score.

    He’s like the one ugly girl in a group of pretty ones. He makes the rest of the Thunder players look amazing by contrast. He sets really good screens, really good. So good that half of them are illegal. And his ability to call out defensive sets is really good too, because his voice is loud.

    He single handedly makes everyone else on his team better, because they have to play that much harder to make up for how bad he is on offense. Could you imagine if his minutes were taken by someone that could catch the ball or shoot or dunk or not play in quicksand? KD & Russ’s numbers are so good because he’s so bad and they have to make up for his time on the court.

    You really can’t quantify how valuable it is to have a hansomely paid role player that doubles as a bouncer for the locker room. Every penny counts for OKC.

    • spursareold - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      No. The advanced stats bear out the impression that he sucks because he does actually suck. His offensive rating is 94. His defensive rating is 102. That’s a deficit for every minute he’s on the floor.

      He used to have defensive value to offset his offensive offensiveness. He doesn’t even have that any more.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        he doesn’t contribute sheet, he just picking up a check and
        free loading on Durant and Westbrook.

    • borderline1988 - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      “He single handedly makes everyone else on his team better, because they have to play that much harder to make up for how bad he is on offense. Could you imagine if his minutes were taken by someone that could catch the ball or shoot or dunk or not play in quicksand? KD & Russ’s numbers are so good because he’s so bad and they have to make up for his time on the court.”

      Wow, genius logic there! Now if we were to start four players exactly like Perkins, along with KD, KD probably would outscore the entire opposing team by himself.

      You know what, I’ll even offer myself to play center for the Thunder at a measly $2 million / year. I’ll make Perkins look like Kobe Bryant on offense; imagine the heights that KD will soar to!

      And I’ll double as a bouncer too; I have no problem going after Garnett or any other fake tough guy in the NBA.

      • sylpkt - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Apparently your guys are unfamiliar with blatant sarcasm

      • borderline1988 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        I read it again, and the sarcasm isn’t really that blatant. Especially considering you were voted down pretty harshly and there were a number of commentators disputing you…

        Although when you read the part about him being handsome, maybe it should’ve clicked in my head…

      • zerole00 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        “He sets really good screens, really good. So good that half of them are illegal. And his ability to call out defensive sets is really good too, because his voice is loud. ”

        lol

      • huschlej - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        “He single handedly makes everyone else on his team better, because they have to play that much harder to make up for how bad he is on offense. Could you imagine if his minutes were taken by someone that could catch the ball or shoot or dunk or not play in quicksand?”

        That seems pretty blatant to me.

    • sbarton77 - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      If this is true,, how come his +- chart is at a -3 for the year playing beside Westbrook and Durant. If he is soooo good at these things then his team should be giving him a big +- difference. BTW, Collison is +131 and Adams is +81.

  10. mogogo1 - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Current players should stay out of other teams’ locker rooms. Period.

    Doesn’t mean guys can’t be friends. But you don’t hang out in each other’s locker rooms, don’t ride on the other teams’ bus, don’t take part in the informal shootaround, etc.

  11. themagicfanguy - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Only fake tough guys I see at the commenters in here. You wouldn’t say it to Perk, Noah, or KG.
    I always laugh at the morons who say that KG doesn’t go for guys his own size, yet they’ve never seen him play obviously. I’ve seen KG get into it with Dwight(bigger), Bynum(bigger), Ben Wallace(bigger), Big Z(bigger), Zaza(bigger), Gortat(bigger), Horford(same size), and many many others. Clueless casual sports fans who get all their info from sportscenter, SMH.

    • pharohislife - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Yea not to mention his famous beefs a few years ago with Andre Blatche, Melo, and Joakim Noah himself. Blake Griffin, Al Jefferson, Kevin Love. KG Gets into with everybody, it’s a strategy to throw the opponent off their game that has obviously worked numerous times.

  12. greej1938l - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    That’s two in a half months away…it will be nothing then.

  13. beavertonsteve - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Got it. Perkins doesn’t want other teams players in their locker room. I guess… “Hey, we don’t allow other team’s players in here.” was too difficult for him to formulate.

  14. thedano - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Perkins should worry about putting up one useful statistic in his time on the court.

    Perkins is one of those guys, if there wasn’t an NBA, he’d probably be in jail.

  15. uscoach - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I like this from Perkins. What are his other options: act fake and nice/accommodating?

  16. sportsfan18 - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Having Perk on the team is different than starting him.

    I know he isn’t playing that many min’s, but he’s still playing too many min’s.

    Fine, his voice, knowledge etc… is still there, in the locker room, he may still whisper into guys ears etc…

    Just get him off the court.

  17. ddpenny - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    he’s paid 9 million to be an NBA bouncer.

  18. remyje - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    This would be a lot better if Perkins was at least decent at basketball

  19. 00maltliquor - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    I got Noah if they were to catch a fair one. I think Noah would clean his clock as an underdog.

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