Dillon Brooks decided to “bear” LeBron James during the Grizzlies’ first round playoff game with the Lakers last season. Brooks called LeBron “old” and said he has no respect for anyone who doesn’t hit 40. He was fired for hitting LeBron in the groin. And it’s generally tied for getting into a guy’s head in the GOAT conversation.
It went as expected. LeBron averaged 22.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game in the series, shooting 61.1 percent specifically when guarded by Brooks (as tracked by NBA.com). LeBron and the Lakers swept the Grizzlies in six games.
Except Brooks doesn’t exactly remember it. Here is what he said Arash Madani from SportsNet in this week’s interview.
“I feel like I’ve always had him. I feel like that series got thrown at me because of what I said, but I’ve said things all year and we won 50 games.”
Brooks is right about one thing, the Grizzlies loss to the Lakers wasn’t all about him. Steven Adams He was injured and they could use his physical fitness. More than that, it was a Memphis team still dealing with the aftermath Ja Morant’s first gun-related suspension And trying to find a way to balance their brash, in-your-face attitude with the discipline to do the little things needed to win in the playoffs.
After the season, the Grizzlies decided to move on from Brooks for basketball, cultural and financial reasons. Memphis entered Marcus Smart — a guy with a hoop and a jumper to be respected — while Brooks signed a four-year, $86 million contract with the Rockets.
Brooks in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the rest of A Accumulation of the Canadian national team Ready to start the World Cup playing in a tough group with France, Latvia (Game without Kristaps Porzingis due to foot problem) and Lebanon. Canada is a betting favorite and could medal at the World Cup (and be invited to the Paris Olympics), but they haven’t lived up to that potential in the tune-up games.