Rockets’ Dillon Brooks reignites feud with Lakers’ LeBron James
Brooks has earned a reputation as a villain in the NBA. He’s one of the most polarizing players in the league. His outspoken nature and combative playing style can irritate his opponents and teammates alike. Brooks’ antics last season saw the Memphis Grizzlies move on from him after his contract expired. He’s now playing under Ime Udoka and embracing a defensive role for the Rockets.
James is once again enjoying an elite start to the season, and he destroyed Brooks in their matchups during the playoffs last season. LeBron is still a top-10 talent in the NBA. It’s doubtful that Brooks can limit his impact throughout a 48-minute contest. James has too much size, skill and experience to be contained by a defensive role player.
However, it should be noted that Brooks is thriving in Houston. He’s averaging 16.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists, shooting 59.3% from the field and 56.5% from three-point range. He is heading into the contest against the Lakers full of confidence. Yet, his offensive production isn’t what’s going to slow LeBron down. Brooks will need to play elite-level defense to make good on his words. Otherwise, he will once again be reminded not to goad one of the greatest players in league history.
Brooks isn’t a bad player. He just makes bad decisions when overvaluing his skill set and potential impact.