Dillon Brooks’ tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies ended rather unceremoniously this summer, as the organization made it overtly clear that they were not planning on re-signing the impending free agent following his contract demands coupled with his loud-mouthed persona that wasn’t capable of being backed up by equally polarizing on-court production.
Though he may now be a member of the Houston Rockets, the wing still finds himself using choice words that, inevitably, have been directly linked back to his old employers. In a recent sit down with Jackson Gatlin of Locked on Rockets, Brooks went about and made the rather bold claim that this Houston squad is “exactly the same” as the Grizzlies from a few years back.
“We kind of have the same type of players. Jalen Green is like Ja Morant. Jabari [Smith Jr.] is like Jaren [Jackson Jr.]. Young guys that can expand their games to be the best in the league. I feel like, around those two guys, it’s almost the same type of deal,” Dillon Brooks said.
Though such comparisons certainly were taken in good faith by the Rockets fanbase, as far as Memphis’, and other franchise’s faithful followers are concerned, these comments were seemingly dragged all through the Twitterverse.
One user put it plain and simple, saying: “nah man capping💀.”
Another suggested that his praise for this young Rockets core was heavily influenced by the lofty pay-day he received this offseason.
Another left zero words, reacting with the famous gif of Ja Morant holding back laughter.
Dillon Brooks joins Houston following an accolade-receiving 2022-23 campaign with the Grizzlies.
Nabbing his first All-Defensive selection, the 27-year-old finished his final season in Memphis boasting solid per-game averages of 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists.
He now joins fellow offseason acquisition Fred VanVleet as one of the seasoned veterans who will try to help this youth-filled Rockets roster shy away from their tanking agenda, all with the hopes of legitimately competing in 2023-24.