Kendrick Perkins Is The Locker Room Police

Chicago Bulls v Oklahoma City Thunder

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Many athletes consider the locker room a sacred place, the one room where they come together as a team and are able to have both camaraderie and some modicum of privacy. They joke around, they have player’s-only meetings. And apparently what they do not do is go into the other team’s locker room, at least as long as Kendrick Perkins is involved.

After last night’s Oklahoma City Thunder win over Chicago, Bulls center Joakim Noah apparently showed up in the Thunder locker room in order to say hello to Thabo Sefolosha, who played with Noah in Chicago a few years ago. Now, players from opposing teams stopping to say hello following a game is nothing new — considering the amount of player movement that happens around the NBA, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have some sort of former teammate on another team. What was different about last night, however, is that Noah went into the Thunder locker room, escorted by Noah. And that’s when Kendrick Perkins, self-styled locker room cop, went to work.

According to Oklahoman writer Anthony Slater, here’s the exchange they had…

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.”

OK, then! (Rather, aight!) Being former teammates and friends is great and all that, but stay out of the Thunder locker room in OKC, you guys.

Video: The Inside the NBA crew discusses Perkin’s beef


  1. oh..? says:

    Perkins.. lol.. someone takes that guy seriously..? for real?

  2. wagedu says:

    “Noah went into the Thunder locker room, escorted by Noah”???

  3. vinsanefan says:

    I wouldn’t want Joakim Noah in my locker room either…

  4. Hazmataz says:

    Perkins is a punk

  5. Freddy5 says:

    Perkins is far from being the smartest guy in the NBA.

  6. bd932 says:

    Perkins did the right thing

  7. okc2014 says:

    This probably happens all the time, we just got the play by play for this particular incident. Perkins is a very angry and rude. I think he may know this is his last year w/ OKC. I’m surprised at this exchange. Whenever the cameras show players after the game, they do everything but kiss each other. Am I the only one who thinks there is way to much daps and pounds after ever game? I mean, even the coach’s get in on it.

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