It’s safe to say that Dillon Brooks and the Memphis Grizzlies had a no good, very bad time in the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs.
The Grizzlies entered the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and a favorite to make the NBA Finals.
But rather than starting a long playoff run, Memphis was unceremoniously eliminated by LeBron James and the Lakers is six games.
No, a second seed losing to a two seed is embarrassing anyway you slice it. But it was particularly so for the Grizzlies.
That’s became Memphis spent a whole lot of time talking trash to not only the Lakers, but the entire Western Conference.
Brooks was one of the lead antagonists.
Following a Game 2 victory over the Lakers to even the series, Brooks decided to take direct aim at James.
“I don’t care. He’s old. … I poke bears. I don’t respect someone until he gives me 40,” he said after the game.
Classic Dillon Brooks on his confrontation with LeBron James: “I don’t care. He’s old. … I poke bears. I don’t respect someone until he gives me 40.”
And Brooks had plenty more to say. pic.twitter.com/uWLONrubPZ
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 20, 2023
Clearly that didn’t hold up well.
The Lakers blew out the Grizz in Game 3 and Brooks was ejected for punching James in an area no man should be punched.
Los Angeles then proceeded to seize control of the series and never looked back.
Brooks didn’t do much talking the rest of the season. In fact, he avoided the media altogether after losses in Game 3 and Game 6.
That didn’t sit well with the league, which fined Brooks for a violation of its media policy on Sunday.
The following was released by the NBA: pic.twitter.com/WqITrOD3ly
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) April 30, 2023
“Memphis Grizzlies forward/guard Dillon Brooks has been fined $25,000 for violating the league rules governing media interview access, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations,” a press release from the league read.
Maybe Brooks should think twice before saying something he’s going to regret next time. But hey, he can always ask James to spare a buck.