Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins is old school. His belief system when it comes to the NBA, and basketball in general, lives and dies by old school un-written rules and traditions. According to SI.com on Dec. 20, that is why he blew up when Joakim Noah came in the Thunder's locker room after the game last night.
See, in basketball, the locker room is the sanctuary for the team and members of the opposing team should never step foot in there before or after the game. That un-written rule was broken when Chicago Bulls' star Joakim Noah came into the Thunder's locker room with his friend Thabo Sefolosha after the Thunder beat them 107-95 in Oklahoma City last night.
When Perkins saw Noah enter, he yelled out that they are letting anyone into the Thunder's locker room now. Russell Westbrook also spoke up about Noah being in their locker room as well before Perkins took it to another level.
Noah asked if they wanted him to leave and Perkins exploded in an obscenity-laced tirade against the Bulls' star. Noah stood at the entrance for a moment and then turned and left. Some reporters even said they saw Perkins and Noah exchange words again in the hallway later in the evening.
While the explosion seemed a bit much for the infraction, and a simple request for Noah to leave should have sufficed, word comes that the Thunder are not mad at Perkins but are annoyed that Sefolosha brought Noah into their locker room.
The fact that Westbrook also made a comment and no one stepped up to calm down Kendrick Perkins should tell anyone watching that the Oklahoma City Thunder stood by their big man.