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Joakim Noah takes blame, calls Kendrick Perkins 'angry dude'

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10:56 AM ET 12.22 | As far as Joakim Noah is concerned, Thursdays postgame incident in which Kendrick Perkins angrily asked him to leave the Thunder locker room is ancient history. "I shouldn't have been (there) in the first place and, you know, just wanted to say hi to some loved ones," Noah said after Saturday's morning shootaround before the game with the Cavaliers at the United Center. "Thabo (Sefolosha) is family; that's it. It's not a big deal. Perk is an angry dude. It's all good." Noah, who took up former teammate Sefolosha's invitation to visit after Sefolosha had come by the Bulls' locker room, said he had no previous history with Perkins despite facing him during the Bulls' epic 2009 playoff series with the Celtics that stretched seven games. Tom Thibodeau coached Perkins then and isn't surprised Perkins asked Noah to leave.

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December 22, 2013  11:08 AM ET

Perk was born angry. That angry face gave him a big time contract.

December 22, 2013  11:12 AM ET

So you admit you shouldn't have been there,
but then you go on to take a dig at him ?
come on.

the whole thing is really not a big deal, but why take a cheap shot at him? maybe perk actually takes his job seriously and wants to separate friendship from business....

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December 22, 2013  11:43 AM ET

The people that let Noah go into the Thunder locker room should be fired. If you don't have a press pass or team credentials you are not getting in. How hard is that to check?

December 22, 2013  12:34 PM ET

Noah should have asked Durant or Westbrook if he could be there. If one of them had said yes. Noah could have then told Perkins to stick it where the sun don't shine. Those two are the leaders of the team. If they said yes then it's okay. If they said no. Then you leave the locker room.

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December 22, 2013  03:13 PM ET

It is a game, played by men... I just can't see the harm in visiting locker rooms? Noah is definitely gentleman and Perkins is a horse's asse.

December 22, 2013  03:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

maybe perk actually takes his job seriously and wants to separate friendship from business....

If only his numbers and contribution (lack thereof) reflected his seriousness. This dude is a TOTAL waste on the court. Maybe the league's worst starter statistically.

December 22, 2013  04:58 PM ET
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Good admission of guilt by Noah. Huh. Kendrick Perkins is still in the league?

By the way he is playing Kendrick is not in the league. He is just wearing a Thunder uniform, I wonder who gave it to him.

December 22, 2013  07:10 PM ET

In 1991 Magic Johnson walked into the Chicago Bulls locker room to congratulate them on their first championship. HOFer (GOAT) Michael Jordan had no qualms with HOFer Magic. Maybe because they were real players and not punks.

Perk, grow up or go away!

December 22, 2013  08:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

So you admit you shouldn't have been there, but then you go on to take a dig at him ? come on.........

The fact that Noah showed bad judgment by going there does not take away the fact that Perkins (the only Thunder who objected) handled the situation like a 6 year-old.

Perkins is a 'crank'.....and pretty much every player in the league (and poster on this board) knows it.

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December 22, 2013  11:11 PM ET
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Dude, get a clue.That was a different situation. The season was over, and the Bulls were celebrating publicly. Did you ever wonder how you even know that Magic was there ? Because the PRESS was also there to videotape it - meaning that the Bulls had opened their locker room to the public. DUH. It's not the same as a mid-season game, when the competition is in full swing, and teams could be discussing plays or strategies or other private team matters.

Jay, God love you. Really...

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December 23, 2013  06:09 AM ET

Joakim Noah takes blame, calls Kendrick Perkins 'angry dude'






He called him Stephen A. Smith ?????

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December 23, 2013  08:02 AM ET

The thing is, Perkins didn't "ask" him to leave. That would've been the masculine thing to do. Instead Perins hinted at it. Loud talked in very general direction. I hate that punk ****. If you're a man and have something to say to someone, say it. If you don't have the stones to do that, shut it.

December 23, 2013  08:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The fact that Noah showed bad judgment by going there does not take away the fact that Perkins (the only Thunder who objected) handled the situation like a 6 year-old. Perkins is a 'crank'.....and pretty much every player in the league (and poster on this board) knows it.

If I were Noah I would go to their lockeroom every time from now on. In fact, I might fly in for other games that I wasn't even playing in, on my own dime, and visit the Thunder lockeroom just to piss his punk *** off.

 
December 23, 2013  09:01 AM ET

You had no right visiting the other team locker room. What is going on in the NBA? Where is that "hate" for the other team? Maybe that is why the league is appearing to be "soft." There should be more players like Sacramento's "Cousins."

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