SCOWLEYS: Bulls’ Joakim Noah out of position in OKC altercation
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter December 20, 2013 9:24PM
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha (25) shoots between Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin (14) and center Joakim Noah (13) during an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Oklahoma City won 107-95. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Updated: January 23, 2014 6:23AM
Joakim Noah and Thabo Sefolosha are friends. They shook hands and gave each other the bro hug seconds after the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Bulls on Thursday night.
It should have ended there, but it didn’t. Sefolosha invited Noah to come by the home locker room after he showered for a quick talk.
Noah should have known better. Instead, he showed up and woke a sleeping Kendrick Perkins, who no longer provides much on the court for the Thunder at this point in his fading career but who remains an enforcer.
‘‘They just let anybody in the locker room?’’ Perkins said loudly in Noah’s direction.
After a few seconds of back and forth, Noah finally said, ‘‘If you want me to wait outside, I’ll wait outside.’’
That led to the now-trending ‘‘Get your [butt] up outta here,’’ from Perkins.
Noah’s response: ‘‘Aight.’’
Where was Sefolosha in all of this? Shouldn’t he have said something like, ‘‘Perk, he’s my guest.’’
Bad time for the Swiss-born Sefolosha to be Switzerland.
But Noah should have been smarter. The only active non-Bulls who venture into the Bulls’ locker room are former Bulls teammates who were well-liked. Noah never played with the Thunder and, let’s face it, isn’t the most well-liked guy in the NBA.
Keep it to hugs on the court.
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Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors guard. The Warriors need to play with more consistency, but that hasn’t been a problem for Curry, who has been lights-out with three straight games in which he averaged 29.3 points and 11.3 assists.
Team of the week
Miami Heat. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Co. showed that to be the champs, you’ve got to beat the champs, and the Pacers aren’t there yet.
The big five
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Two to watch
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Heat at Trail Blazers, 9 p.m. Saturday: The Trail Blazers have been the surprise of the season so far, but very few teams sneak up on the Heat.