Dec 19, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) handles the ball while being defended by Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder Centers Involved In Confrontation After Game


The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Chicago Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night. After the game, the fireworks continued in the locker room of the Thunder.

Former Bulls shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha is a member of the Thunder. After the game on Thursday, Sefolosha brought Bulls center Joakim Noah into the Thunder locker room. A locker room that was still filled with members of the media as well as most of Sefolosha’s teammates. Noah being in the Thunder locker room is an act that did not sit well with Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins. Upon Noah entering the Thunder locker room, Perkins confronted the Bulls center.

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.”-ESPN Chicago 

After Noah left the locker room, it is believed that he and Perkins crossed paths again and exchanged words.

For the Bulls, the team has a policy that welcomes former players in their locker room. It is a rather common practice for the Bulls. A practice that is presumably unheard of by Perkins and the Thunder.

Nonetheless, the depression continues for Noah. Of all the Bulls players, Noah may be taking the losing harder than anyone and it often shows in his facial expression during games. Now, Noah can’t even visit with a former teammate without getting tanked on.

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