By Ben Golliver
Trash talking will cost you.
The NBA announced Monday that Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has been fined $25,000 for a confrontation with Thunder center Kendrick Perkins following a game at Chesapeake Energy Arena last Thursday. Neither player has been suspended as a result of the incident.
The locker room confrontation, which reportedly did not turn physical, took place after both players were ejected in the fourth quarter.
The on-court exchange began following a Russell Westbrook free throw with 2:05 remaining and the Grizzlies winning 101-90. As Thunder players high-fived each other, Randolph warned Perkins that he would “beat your [expletive],” and Perkins responded with words of his own. The baseline referee, standing just a few feet away from both players, immediately ejected them.
Following the game, the Oklahoman reported that an “altercation” between Perkins and Randolph took place “near the locker rooms.” The paper reported reported that “yelling and walls and doors being hit” could be heard. Perkins reportedly declined an interview request. DailyThunder.com reported that both police at the arena and Thunder officials denied that a physical confrontation took place and reported that the exchange was merely verbal in nature.
The Associated Press provided Randolph’s post-game brief statement.
After the game, Randolph said all was settled between him and Perkins.Memphis went on to win the game 107-97. Randolph finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and one block in 36 minutes. Perkins finished with eight points and three rebounds in 30 minutes.
“There’s a lot of bluffing going on on the court, that’s all,” Randolph said. “And I don’t bluff.”