The Dillon Brooks-Draymond Green saga got an added twist this week as old comments resurfaced from Oregon’s 2016 March Madness run. It appears that Brooks viewed Green as a hero before becoming his archenemy.
Those words have placed a new layer on the rivalry, and fans online have been quick to react.
First, let’s start with the rivalry, itself.
The two have a beef that dates back to last year’s playoff matchup between the Warriors and Grizzlies. That series was highly entertaining with the two sides going back and forth both on and off the court.
Something to develop from that meeting was this beef between Brooks and Draymond which seemed to begin with a flagrant foul. Green believed that Brooks “broke the code” with the reckless play on Gary Payton II in Game 2, which landed an ejection.
That hate has continued into this season with the two trading verbal blows. Most recently, Brooks bashed Draymond’s podcast to which Green quickly responded.
Now, we’re seeing an interesting turn in the slugfest.
That turn involves comments made by Brooks back in college. While Oregon was making its way through the NCAA Tournament, he actually referred to Draymond Green as an inspiration for his style of play.
Take a look.
“I want to be like Draymond Green for this team.”
Fans were quick to comment on the now viral clip.
Dillon Brooks in 2023: “If you put him anywhere else, you’re not going to know who Draymond is.”
Dillon Brooks in 2016: “I wanna be like Draymond Green for this team.” pic.twitter.com/sZCcrYPpHS
— KNBR (@KNBR) March 15, 2023
— ²³𝙻𝚎𝙱𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚜🏀☄️🌎💞 (@BronGotGame) March 15, 2023
bro is turning into this dude fr 💀 pic.twitter.com/3BZoFU8nkG
— Flicker Basquet (@FlickerBasquet) March 15, 2023
An interesting turn of events, for sure.
Idols become rivals
— Josh⚜️ (@ypcjosh) March 15, 2023
This rivalry continues to entertain. This latest twist was a point for Draymond.