Noah, Thibodeau discuss Perkins incident

Noah, Thibodeau discuss Perkins incident
December 21, 2013, 11:45 am
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Joakim Noah was in no mood to discuss his postgame incident with Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, in which the Bulls' All-Star center entered the Oklahoma City locker room following Thursday's loss.

"It doesn't matter. It was nothing. Just trying to chill with Thabo, shouldn't have been in there. It's all good," Noah said after the Bulls' morning shootaround Saturday at the United Center. "[Perkins is] just an angry dude, you know."

"Nah, no history at all, man, no history at all.

Noah also believes the incident was blown out of proportion.

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"Guys, come on. It's not that serious. I know you guys are probably bored right now. We're losing and there's nothing to do, nothing else to talk about, but it's not a big deal. Just waking up in the morning, having to talk to NBA security, come on, let's move on. I've got a game tonight, it's not a big deal. No big deal," he continued. "Nah, seriously, I'm not going to talk about this anymore, it's no big deal. I shouldn't have been in that locker room in the first place, and you know, just wanted to say hi to some loved ones. Thabo's family, that's it. It's not a big deal. Perk is an angry dude, it's all good."

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached Perkins in Boston, also attempted to downplay the situation.

"To me, you see it sometimes where a player like Thabo played for the Bulls," Thibodeau said. "So if a guy played for the team, it's not a big deal. Usually, guys will wait outside.

"You never really see..." he added, again choosing his words carefully, "the only guys that usually come in are guys who have been with the organization before."

The Bulls frequently have locker-room visitors both at home and on the road, but all are former teammates, such as Ronnie Brewer after Wednesday night's game in Houston and even Sefolosha himself Thursday. Thibodeau said that policy won't change.

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"If a guy has been with the organization-we've had [Jannero] Pargo-that's usually the case. If he's played and wants to come in and say hello to his old teammates and trainers and people like that, he does," he explained. "We allow that. It's more or less frowned upon to go into someone's locker room where you haven't played."

Like Noah, who acknowledged he probably made a poor decision, Thibodeau said he wasn't surprised by Perkins' vocal and profane objection.

"That's normal," the coach said. "That's usually how teams respond."