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Kendrick Perkins confronts Joakim Noah in Thunder locker room

By Royce Young | NBA writer

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The locker room is a sacred place for a professional athlete. And it has imaginary lines that are not to be crossed.

Following the Thunder's 107-95 win over the Bulls on Thursday, during interviews in the OKC locker room, Bulls center Joakim Noah was paying a visit to former teammate Thabo Sefolosha.

And Thunder center Kendrick Perkins took exception.

Sitting at his locker, Perkins loudly said, "We just let anyone in here now?"

Noah, who was near the entrance of the locker room, shook his head and just said, "C'mon."

Perkins, to no one in particular: "I'm just asking though."

Noah again: "C'mon man."

Perkins: They just let anybody in the locker room?"

Noah: "You want me to wait outside?"

Perkins: "Just saying."

Noah: "You want me to wait outside, I'll wait outside."

Perkins: "Get your ass up out of here."

And Noah then turned and left.

The confrontation never escalated to anything more serious than that, but it was obvious the Thunder players were agitated with an opponent being in their locker room. Russell Westbrook was most vocal about it saying that shouldn't happen.

For the most part, Thunder players seemed more aggravated with Sefolosha for bringing an opponent in than anything else.

But Perkins, who likes to fancy himself an enforcer on the court, also plays the part of locker room bouncer. And he wasn't having any of an opponent crossing enemy lines on his watch. It was a little bit awkward, but for the most part, the players handled it it calmly and cooler heads prevailed.

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