Grizzlies legend rips Dillon Brooks following polarizing comments

Nov 20, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Houston Rockets guard Dillon Brooks (9) looks down
Nov 20, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Houston Rockets guard Dillon Brooks (9) looks down / D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Leading into his revenge game against the Memphis Grizzlies, wing Dillon Brooks went on record and made some choice comments regarding his former employers.

Though the 27-year-old has been consistently vocal about his displeasure for the way in which his tenure came to an end since early July, going as far as to claim the franchise used him as a "scapegoat" for their 2022-23 shortcomings, in the days leading up to Wednesday night's bout the seven-year veteran made some remarks that caught the attention of the Grind City faithful.

Most notably, Brooks discussed in an interview with the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen how Memphis has "no swagger" this season, suggesting that his absence has been the reason for this by saying: "It’s like the girlfriend that you used to have. You don’t know how good she is until she’s gone."

Naturally, as has been the case with the bevy of other negative statements he's made since his departure, these words were met with some serious pushback by the Grizzlies fanbase, and among those who took offense was franchise legend Tony Allen who called the wing out during a recent appearance on the Chris Vernon show.

Memphis Grizzlies legend Tony Allen calls out former wing Dillon Brook

"You the same chick, believe me. I just saw what LeBron just did to him too. He gave him 37, 9 and 8, he's still over there getting his a** bust. We ain't miss nothing, trust me."

Tony Allen on Dillon Brooks

Despite his outward confidence and a strong start to the season that saw him averaging 13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 steals on 50.0 percent from deep coming into Wednesday's contest, Brooks put forth a showing against the Grizzlies that humorously resembled what Allen referred to as "the same chick."

A major criticism of the former forward's final season in Memphis was his incredibly underwhelming offensive efficiency, as he capped his stay off with lackluster splits of 39.6 percent shooting from the floor and 32.6 percent shooting from deep despite hoisting up the third and second-most attempts on the team, respectively.

In his first outing against Memphis, these same struggles shined right on through for, despite taking the second-most attempts on the Rockets (14), he shot a putrid 28.6 percent from the floor and missed all five of his shots from beyond the arc while finishing off with 13 points and a plus-minus of -2, the worst rating on the team of those who logged more than five minutes on the night.

As was the case during his final playoff run with the Grizzlies last season, with his first revenge game of 2023-24 now in the rearview it's evident that Brooks certainly came in talking the talk, but, unfortunately for him, completely failed to walk the walk.

Though the Rockets still managed to pull out a 111-91 win, it's safe to assume that the wing isn't fully satisfied with how things turned out on the evening.