Austin Reaves took a chance this previous week to kick Dillon Brooks whereas he was about as down unhealthy as one may presumably be.
Shorty after Reaves’ Los Angeles Lakers upset the Memphis Grizzlies within the first spherical of the NBA playoffs, the latter squad got here out publicly renounced Brooks.
The actual motive for why Memphis so adamantly separated itself from Brooks isn’t totally recognized, however the way in which they did it’s nonetheless broadly acknowledged as being tremendous disrespectful.
A part of the explanation why Brooks drew a lot ire and condemnation from NBA followers, to the purpose the place they comply with him down the road to mock him, is due to his harsh criticism of LeBron James.
Primarily, Brooks referred to as James previous and mentioned he didn’t concern him. The truth that James subsequently got here again and made him eat his phrases was simply icing on the cake.
Reaves didn’t take kindly to Brooks’ feedback on James. In a dialog with Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Lakers star spoke bluntly about his emotions in the direction of Brooks.
“For him to say that to somebody whose principal aim is to win, and who’s arguably the best participant ever, I believed it was very, like, laughable,” Reaves mentioned. “I took it as, ‘You possibly can’t be critical. You appear like a idiot.’
“However hey, individuals discuss. …It wasn’t actually spoken on amongst the group, but it surely was actually simply type of a recognized factor. We’re gonna do what we’ve acquired to do to deal with enterprise.”
Reaves had an amazing first-round collection towards the Grizzlies (even his girlfriend grew to become a viral star), so he’s positively able to clown Brooks as effectively.
Sadly, he hasn’t actually been capable of replicate that efficiency to this point within the Lakers’ second-round matchup towards the Golden State Warriors. Time will inform if that adjustments.
As for Brooks, he could also be performed with the Grizzlies – however he isn’t out of the NBA simply but. In actual fact, one title contender has emerged because the frontrunner to select him up this summer time.
Whether or not he’ll show to be higher or worse subsequent season than he was in the direction of the top of the Grizzlies’ 2022-23 marketing campaign stays to be seen.
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Both approach, Reaves is 24 years previous and Brooks is 27.
They are going to sq. off towards one another for a lot of extra years to return.
What groups will Reaves and Brooks be on once they play one another subsequent? A solution to that query will emerge this summer time.
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