Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah was involved in a heated exchange with Oklahoma City Thunder counterpart Kendrick Perkins on Thursday night, according to reports cited by ESPN.
The Bulls, still evidently smarting from the loss of former MVP Derrick Rose who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained against the Portland Trailblazers, lost 107-95 at Chesapeake Energy Arena after feared Thunder duo Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 52 points.
After the game, it is reported that ex-Bulls guard Thabo Sefolosha entered the visiting team's locker room and then preceded to take Noah into the Thunder's own locker room - something that evidently upset fellow center Perkins.
The pair then appeared to have a rather awkward and irritated dialogue, before Noah made a swift exit. The former Florida Gator and Perkins reportedly went on to exchange further words afterwards, but thankfully no physical altercation appeared to take place.
Noah had 23 points and 12 rebounds during the defeat but was largely powerless to prevent the lethal Durant-Westbrook axis from putting the game beyond the reach of Tom Thibodeau's side.
Following the loss, the Bulls sit 10th in the Eastern Conference standings with a somewhat disappointing 9-16 record.
They will have the opportunity to bounce back on Saturday night when Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit United Center.
The Thunder, meanwhile, remain one of the NBA's most-in form teams and sit proudly atop of the 'Wild West' with a dominant record of 21-4.
Their next game is a keenly-anticipated clash with fellow Western heavyweights, the San Antonio Spurs.