According to Sports Illustrated, Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has been fined $25,000 by the league. This fine stems from a post-game verbal altercation between Randolph and Oklahoma City Thunder player Kendrick Perkins.
Replays of the game shows that during a Thunder free throw, Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins were a bit chatty. After Russell Westbrook knocked down a free throw, Randolph walked to the other side of the lane to have a few words with Perkins. Teammates on both teams got in the middle of what could have been an ugly physical altercation between two hot-headed players.
One of the referees heard and saw the whole ordeal during the free throw shot and enough was enough in his eyes. The referee ended up ejecting both Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins. After the game, reports state that Z-Bo and Perk were still heated and exchanged some words. Apparently, there was no physical fighting involved and just a war of words. Other reports state that there were a lot of yelling and noises from “walls and doors being hit”. Zach Randolph would later say,
There’s a lot of bluffing going on on the court, that’s all. And I don’t bluff.
In other words, Z-Bo thinks Perk could be a professional poker player with all the bluffing he does. Maybe that is not what was meant, but these two now have beef like two rappers representing two different sides of the country.