After investigating last Wednesday's incident between Thunder center Kendrick Perkins and Memphis forward Zach Randolph, the NBA on Monday fined Randolph $25,000 for “confronting” Perkins near the OKC locker room area at Chesapeake Energy Arena following their ejections with 2:05 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies' 107-97 victory.
Randolph told his side of the story in an interview on ESPN radio in Memphis on Tuesday. Here is a brief excerpt:
Q: What happened in the back that the NBA is fining you for, because nobody knows the story?
A: “I mean, it really wasn't, I just, they said because I went through the double doors. I guess I went on their side. So I don't know.”
Q: And then in the back, did you try to go in their locker room?
A: “Nah, I didn't go in their locker room. It was some doors. I had went on their side. Their locker room was like right there to the left, but I had went through some doors in the hallway. And I went through the doors, but it was a lesson learned. It won't happen again. I ain't gonna lose no $25,000 again. I'm done with all that bluffing on the court, because them guys do a lot of bluffing. I'm from the bluff city. We don't do no bluffing, man. (Laughs).”
Q: Do you think Perkins got the point? Do you think he probably thought, “This guy's a maniac?”
A; “(Laughs). I don't know. Perkins know me, so he know what's up.”
Q: Could you whoop him?
A: “(Laughs). I'm good with these hands, man. ... I'm pretty good with these hands so … Hey, every day I came out the house I had to fight, you know. Me and my brother.”
The teams play each other three times this season. Their next meeting is Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in OKC in a TNT game. Their lone meeting in Memphis will be March 20 at 7 p.m.
EYES OF CHAMINADE
Texas product Kevin Durant evidently escaped the wrath of teammates Tuesday morning because no one gave him grief about Division II Chaminade beating the Longhorns 86-73 at the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.
“Oh, I forgot,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said regretfully.
Veteran forward Nick Collison wasn't even aware.
“Oh, I didn't see. They beat Texas?” Collison said, a smile suddenly creeping on his face. “They'll have to turn it around if they want to get in that race for second (place) in the league.”